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The Zero Conditional.
What is zero conditional
Zero Conditional: Certainty
The Zero conditional is used for things that are always
true as long as the condition is met.
Form of zero conditional
The condition tense may be:
- present simple
Water boils if heated to one-hundred degrees centigrade.
- present perfect
When I have finished painting, I always clean my brushes.
If (it IS) shone through a prism,
a beam of light splits into the colours of the rainbow.
(To shine , shone, shone)
Note: Shone is the past participle and is pronounced
@pron_shower @pron_clock @pron_nose
Since the result will or should always occur,
we often use When instead of if in the condition.
In these examples, there is a connection between the condition and the result.
the result will/should always occur if the condition is met,
so the time is not important.
- If I have a stomachache, I always take pills.
- When I give my dog a bone, he buries it
- If I get to work late, my boss gets angry
- If you want a reciept, press the button
- If I don't eat, I get hungry
- If I miss the eight o'clock bus, I am late for work
- If I have time, I study English
- When you switch it on, nothing happens.
- If you are coming to the game, bring a jacket in case it's cold.
- You can go out to play, if your room is tidy.
- When you have finished all your work, you can leave.
- If you buy cheap products, you shouldn't expect them to be high quality.
- unless you have worked with him, you won't realise how difficult he can be.
- When I have finished painting, I always clean my brushes thoroughly.
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