Type I Conditionals

Form

IF + ACTION                   , CONSEQUENCE

IF + PRESENT SIMPLE  , WILL + INF


Type I (First) Conditionals are often described as being formed of If + Present Simple, Future Simple. The future simple does not exist as a tense, Will is a modal verb and is always followed  by an infinitive. 

Function


We use Type I (First) Conditionals to talk about:


A consequence that is not inevitable but highly likely or probable

A supposition, a prediction.


If it rains, I will get wet.

I will get wet if it rains


NOTE: Type I conditionals are often used incorrectly to provide the same function as a Type 0. Remember Type 0 Conditionals express an inevitable truth, a Type I is a predicition of of a probable future consequence of an action.


If I see the beggar, I will give him some money

Related topics


Present Simple form & function


Will + Infinitive


Type 0 Conditionals


Type II Conditionals


Type III Conditionals


Mixed Conditionals

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