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Alternatives to IF in Zero and First conditional sentences

The default Zero conditional construction begins with an IF at the start of the condition we are talking about:

  • IF Daca attends her English class, she sings.
  • WHEN Daca attends her English class, she sings.
  • WHENEVER Daca attends her English class, she sings.
  • IF Sara joins the class, she will sing.
  • WHEN Sara joins the class, she will sing.
  • WHENEVER Sara joins the class, she will sing.

Other alternatives to IF

- AS LONG AS Ana attends her English classes regularly, Sreten does not mention her in the newsletters.
- IN CASE Marija forgets to remind Daca to sing, the whole group will send the reminder instead.
- PROVIDED THAT Valerija stops using her favorite bywords, Sreten is going to stop nagging.
- SUPPOSING Tamara had skipped a class, Sreten would have been absolutely shocked.
- EVEN IF Jelena had broken her other arm as well, she would still attend her classes.
- WHETHER OR NOT Milena manages to finish her homework, Sreten will send her more.
- UNLESS Milica’s Toby joins the next class, Sreten will be sad. And will give her some homework. Go dogs!

Inversion in conditional sentences

The last but most certainly not least of all the possible alternatives to using conditionals is inversion whose main point lies in being used in formal speech. Simply imagine that you are writing a business email and you are trying to avoid repetition or to sound more eloquent. With inversion — this is your chance to shine!

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