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Zero conditional

The zero conditional is an expression in English composed of two sentences that is used in situations in which, if a condition is fulfilled, it is stated that what the second sentence says will be fulfilled . An example in Spanish would be: “If you jump that fence, you stumble” or “Study English and travel the world”.

The structure of this conditional is:

If + subject + simple present , subject + simple present .

Or of the form: Subject + simple present + if + subject + simple present. This avoids placing the comma (,) that separates the sentences.

Uses of zero conditional

In both English and Spanish we are used to expressing sentences in the conditional .

  • To express facts as true. Cause and effects of an event.
  • To give instructions.
  • To give advice.
  • To argue.

Examples of sentences with zero conditional

  • If a stranger comes, don’t open the door / If a stranger comes, don’t open the door .
  • If you don’t study for the exam, you fail / If you don’t study for the exam, you fail .
  • Ice melts if you leave it in the sun / Ice melts if you leave it in the sun .
  • Change your attitude if you don’t want to argue / Change your attitude if you don’t want to argue
  • If your house is large, we can all fit / If your house is large, we fit all.
  • If you work in the bank, you are a banker / If you work in the bank, you are a banker.
  • If you study cooking, you are a cook / If you study cooking, you are a cook .
  • If you work hard, you have a lot of money / If you work hard, you have a lot of money.
  • I go to the beach because I want to go / I go to the beach because I want to go.
  • If you leave your hair natural, you look prettier / If you leave your hair natural, you look prettier .
  • When the river sounds stones it brings / When the river sounds stones it brings.
  • If you study grammar, you understand the language better / If you study grammar, you understand better the language.
  • Take a lot of photos so you practice the technique / Make many photos so you practice the technique.
  • Call me today if you want to talk about this / Call me today if you want to talk about this .
  • Give up smoking if you want to improve your health / Give up smoking if you want to improve your health .
  • If I go on a trip, you take care of my house / If I go on a trip, take care of my house .

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