The First Conditional – the IF event

We use the First Conditional in sentences to talk about the future when we are not sure about the if event: it may happen or may not happen.

For example, we form the First Conditional in 2 ways:

[If + Present Simple Tense,] + [future with will]

  • If it snows, I’ll build a snowman.

[Future with will] + [if + Present Simple Tense]

  • I’ll build a snowman if it snows.
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Form of Will used

Below we have shown the form of WILL used in the First Conditional, including making questions and the short answers to those same questions:

Positive       Negative    
I

You

She

He

It

We

They

 

 

will

’ll

 

 

 

do it.

I

You

She

He

It

We

They

 

 

will not

won’t

 

 

 

do it.

Question?       Short Answers to Questions    
 

 

 

Will

I

You

She

He

It

We

They

 

 

 

do it?

 

 

 

Yes,

No,

I

You

She

He

It

We

They

 

 

will.

will not/won’t.

 

More example sentences: First Conditional

  • If we hurry, we will catch our flight.
  • If I feel well, I’ll go to work. (= I may feel well/I may not feel well)
  • He will be really happy if he gets the offer.
  • If you come with us, you’ll have a fantastic time.