Using the conditional IF in natural English conversation (Learn with video!)

Do you want to improve your English communication and confidence? Add the conditional “IF” to your conversation skills and open up the doors of communication! 




IF is used to say that one thing can, will or might happen or be true, depending on another thing happening or being true.



I will go to the party Friday if I have time after work.

Going to the party depends on having time after work

Sentences with If are often used with the negative forms of modal verbs (won’t, can’t etc.)

We won’t play soccer tomorrow if it rains.


~ playing soccer tomorrow depends on the weather

When the verb in the ‘IF’ clause (The part of the sentence with the word IF) is in the present tense the verb in the main clause will be in the future tense.




"If I prepare a healthy lunch at home, I'll save money.
 Eating out everyday is expensive."
The verb in the IF clause is prepare, it’s in the present tense.
The verb in the main clause is will save, this is the future tense of the verb to save.


If you make your own lunch, you will know what’s in it. Lunches that are made in convenience stores have lots of unnatural ingredients in them to make them last longer.


Ken will feel much better if he has a healthier diet.


If you eat at organic restaurants once in awhile you might find something you really like that is also very healthy!


If Josh stops eating donuts for breakfast he could fit into his old suit before our class reunion next September.



"I would eat this ice cream if I wasn't on a diet!"


"If I eat this ice cream I'll regret it tomorrow."


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