Rob talks about using past and present verb forms with 'if', in what we call 'conditional sentences'.

 Watch the video and then do the tasks.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear experts! I have stuck on "conditionals" part of the test with following:
The boss will offer him a promotion, if he WILL LEARN to be more tactful.
Question: why "WILL LEARN' instead of "LEARNS".
I thought it is 1st conditional (Future Simple and if+Present Conditional)

Thank you in advance!

Hello Primegirl25,

It's true that 'if' is not normally followed by 'will', but it can be when, as in this case, you're talking about what will happen as the result of another future action.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I want to know the meaning of two sentences
1. Fancy a break
2. What do you reckon?
I'll be glad if u answers these questions... Thanks

Hello Nylakhan,

You can probably figure out the meanings of these sentences by looking up the words 'fancy' (which is used as a verb here), 'break' (which is used as a noun and means something like 'pause') and 'reckon' in the dictionary. There's a handy search box that will show you definitions and examples for all of these words in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online – look on the lower right side of this page.

If you still can't figure these sentences out after looking up the words, please tell us what you did understand and we'll help you with the gaps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Please, answer to my question.
Why we say "If I were you" but not 'If I was you"?

Hello goharyen,

In modern English quite a few people say 'If I was...', though many feel that 'were' is the correct form. As to why, this is an example of the subjunctive form in English - an old form which is slowly disappearing, but which is still used in certain structures, such as this one. Other examples are 'suggest' and 'insist':

I suggest that he go. [not 'goes']

I insist that she stay. [not 'stays']

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

If I good learn English, I can pass exam well.
I would pass exam already if I good learnt English.

Hello saagii,

Those are almost correct. I would say:

If I learn English well, I can pass the exam (with a good score).

I would have passed the exam already if I had learnt English well.



Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Peter.

Hello dear team,
Future Conditional sentence:
If I go to your home, I will see you there (the fact is may be I see you may be not)
Present Conditional sentence:
If I went to your home, I would saw you there (the fact is I did not go)=unreal
Past Conditional sentence:
If I had gone to your home, I would have seen you there (the fact is I did not go)=unreal
Is the all of my words true????
Would you to answer this quetion for us,please?