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Loch Ness Scene 1 - Language Focus

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

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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

at 00:42 i hear rob saying: it's what people sometimes call conditional sentence you don't worry too much about the noun, now do you really think someone will take a photo of loch ness monster, you're talking about something you think a bit unreal and it probably won't happen , that's why you use the past tense, took a 1.28 : you sayd it was well?..
at 1.37: the past tense and would make a clear that you're talking about something unreal, something you think it won't probably happen

at 2.47 say you don't think.....until to the end .

there are any part i don't know , i need help, thhanks.


Hi rosario70,

What you transcribe for the first part (from 0:42) has only small mistakes, but you got the correct meaning. At 1:28, Rob says "you said would as well". Your transcription of the sentence at 1:37 also captures the meaning of what Rob says. At the end, Stephen says, "So you don't think there's a monster in the loch? (Rob shakes head) Wait and see what happens next."

Congratulations! You're improving! Note that you can understand the meaning even if there are a few words that aren't completely clear to you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

i would like to know more about question 5.
We sometimes use “If I were you...” instead of ‘’If I was you...’’.
May i know both are correct and the meaning are the same?
Which situation we should use " if i were.." and which situation we should use " if i was..."?

Hello nicola171,

Both of these alternatives are correct in modern English.  The variant with 'were' sounds a little more formal and, in the past, was considered the more correct form; however, both alternatives are not considered correct.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone !
i want to clarify below sentence as you mentioned on this video about conditional sentences.
If it snowed tomorrow
can we use "tomorrow" in this sentence. 
I hope feedback.

I want to know if I can say. I would swimming if some one bulit a swimming pool in this town.

hi.... please  ( in talk about my life in :UK:)  Iwanna know what does Ella mean about (Cantonese)

Could you please ask your question about a page on the page? It's a bit confusing to ask it here, on a different page!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team