First Conditional Simple in English Grammar

Yesterday, we finished writing about the future tenses in English Grammar. However, we will still want to talk about things in terms of probability. So for the next four days we will learn how to use the conditionals in English Grammar. We start today with the first conditional simple.

What Is The First Conditional Simple Form? What Do We Use The First Conditional Simple Form For?

The first conditional in simple form is used to talk about the future with probability. Something in the future will not happen unless something changes in the present. If you have no money today, you probably won’t buy a mansion tomorrow.

The difference between this and the other conditionals is that it is the simplest. It requires one auxiliary verb (mostly would) and then a main verb in a simple form, which we’ll show you now.

How Do I Use The First Conditional Simple Form?

The construction of the first conditional simple form is as follows:

I would buy a handbag tomorrow, if I had the money.

Subject + would + main verb in infinitive form without ‘to.’ When the ‘if’ clause is used, then you have ‘if + subject + had (have in past tense.)

This describes how in the future you will go shopping. You haven’t started shopping yet,but you will do. You will also have finished the action. This is what differentiates this from the Future Continuous Tense.

What Are Some Pronunciation Issues With The First Conditional Simple Form?

The major issue with pronunciation when it comes to the first conditional simple form is that you can contract “Subject + Would” into “Subject + ‘d.” So ‘I would’ can become ‘I’d’.

What Are Some Examples Of The First Conditional Simple Form?

I would speak to my students.

You would go to see the doctor if you were ill.

She would take a book to read if she went on holiday.

He would wear a swimming outfit to the pool.

They would go to the cinema if they wanted to see the movie.

We would need to get the bus to get to London.


By using this article, you now know how to use the first conditional simple form. Tomorrow, we will move on to the second form of the first conditional. For now, be happy that you’ve learned what the first conditional simple form is!


Other Articles in the English Grammar Series:

Past Simple Tense.
Past Progressive Tense
Present Simple Tense.
Present Progressive Tense.
Present Perfect Simple Tense
Present Perfect Progressive Tense
Past Perfect Simple Tense
Past Perfect Progressive Tense
Future Simple Tense
Going To Tense
Future Continuous Tense
Future Perfect Simple Tense
Future Perfect Continuous Tense
First Conditional Simple (This Article)


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