First conditional: If You Don’t Try, You Will Never Know

Following Coldplay advise, I invite you to keep trying and never ever give up.

If you don’t try, you’ll never know what will happen…

OR with lyrics

First Conditional: real possibility

We are thinking about a particular condition/ situation in the future, and the result of this condition. There is a real possibility that this condition will happen. For example, it is morning. You are at home. You plan to play tennis this afternoon. But there are some clouds in the sky. Imagine that it rains. What will you do?



IF present tense WILL + base verb IMPERATIVE


If it rains I will stay at home. stay at home

you shall stay at home

WHEN present simple Present simple
When you try your best but you don’t succeed

The important thing about the first conditional is that there is a real possibility that the condition will happen. Now, choose the correct form of each verb to complete the sentences.

Remember that, sometimes, we use shall, can, or may instead of will, for example: If you are good today, you can watch TV tonight.

We can use unless + positive verb instead of if + negative verb. Have a look at the example below (and try this quiz if you need further practice) :

Unless you leave now, you’ll miss the bus = If you don’t leave now, you’ll miss the bus

Not sure whether trying or not? Let the stars guide you, check your horoscope in English!

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