Zero Conditional: certaintyWe use the so-called zero conditional when the result of the condition is always true, like asc...
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Zero conditional

  1. 1. Zero Conditional: certaintyWe use the so-called zero conditional when the result of the condition is always true, like ascientific fact.Take some ice. Put it in a saucepan. Heat the saucepan. What happens? The ice melts (it becomeswater). You would be surprised if it did not.IF condition result present simple present simpleIf you heat ice it melts.Notice that we are thinking about a result that is always true for this condition. The result of thecondition is an absolute certainty. We are not thinking about the future or the past, or even thepresent. We are thinking about a simple fact. We use the present simple tense to talk about thecondition. We also use the present simple tense to talk about the result. The important thingabout the zero conditional is thatthe condition always has the same result.We can also use when instead of if, for example: When I get up late I miss my bus.Look at some more examples in the tables below:IF condition result present simple present simpleIf I miss the 8 oclock bus I am late for work.If I am late for work my boss gets angry.If people dont eat they get hungry.If you heat ice does it melt?result IF conditionpresent simple present simpleI am late for work if I miss the 8 oclock bus.My boss gets angry if I am late for work.People get hungry if they dont eat.Does ice melt if you heat it?

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