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

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Intermediate: B1


Hello fahri,

I'm afraid the meanings are not quite as you say:

If I go to your home, I will see you there.

This conditional refers to the present or the future. The 'seeing' is certain provided that you go, but it is not certain whether or not you will go to the person's home.

If I went to your home, I would see you there.

This conditional also refers to the present or the future. Like the first example, the seeing is certain providing that you go, but it is not certain whether or not you will go to the person's home. The difference here is that the speaker does not believe that going is likely - the speaker is treating it as a hypothetical discussion, whereas in the first example the speaker was discussing a geniune possibility.

If I had gone to your home, I would have seen you there.

This conditional deals with the past, as you say, and is entirely hypothetical: you did not go and therefore did not see the person. However, if the past had been different and you had gone, then you would have seen the person.

You can read more about conditionals on the relevant pages:





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Thank you very much indeed sir.
After “word on the street” I am going to “grammar” and learn them one by one until finish.
I have been understood you were just small team with thousand of duty.
See you in grammar sir.

Hello dear team
Why we are confuse about the conditional sentence because in computer languange “if” is always real, if you do the “if” and never unreal because it logic and hematic.
Would you like to give us some explanation about this matter???

First conditional:
- If I study, I will be a doctor.
- I will be a doctor if I study.

Second conditional:
- If I was on a mountain, I would trek.
- I would trek if I was on a mountain.

Third conditional:

If I had been a musician, I would have played guitar.
I would have played guitar If I had been a musician.