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Will after if

Czech Republic

Will after if

Good evening or whatever part of the day it is in your country, my friends, 

I īm just preparing myself for tomorrow īs lesson and with your kind help I īd like to make myself sure about something that I vaguely remember.

There is a possibility of using will in the if-clause of the first conditional. What are the explanations? 

1. The willingness (that the verb will contains) as in "If you will come, we īll prepare great dinner."

2. The result expressed in the if-clause as in "I will open the window, if it will help you breathe better." 

Would you agree with such an explanation? 

thanks a lot, 

Hugs, Mish

EDIT: One more question: Is it possible to use WILL as the modal verb of deduction, like might or could fe.? (As in "someoneÂīs knocking. - It might, could, will be Josh."

17 Nov 2010      


Hi, Mish!

Check out these links. There are some explanations which you might find useful:

will in if-clauses:


for deduction:

http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/will (use nr. 5)

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/will (use nr. 2)

Hope I īve helped!


17 Nov 2010     

Czech Republic

Thank you, my dear, 

I īm not good at finding the best resources:-)

Have a nice day,m

17 Nov 2010     


Hi mish, to add to magnetoīs help ,
don īt forget the probability expressed in the clause with "will"
e.g.  I will go to the park if I have some time off work (itīs likely to happen)
as opposed to : I would go if I had some time (not so probable)

17 Nov 2010     




18 Nov 2010