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Bernard M

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Hello Bernard,

This sentence requires a mixed conditional:

He is afraid of spiders, so he didn't visit Australia when he WAS in New Zealand:

If he wasn't / weren't (Conditional 2) terrified of spiders, he would have visited (Conditional 3) Australia (during his trip to New Zealand last year). 

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  • 2 months later...

Hello dear Mino, firstly I would like to tell that I liked your website so much, wish you all the best, if you let me, I would like to add a comment about conditionals but I do not know if it fits here, while I was studying conditionals I came across this expression,

if you won't have something done on time, be clear about it

this is a conditional sentence used to give advice, and WILL has been used in the if clause.

I do not have any question I just liked to add this to the students who are learning on your website

thanks a lot for giving me that opportunity.

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Hello Rasha,

Thank you very much for your support. I'm glad you like my website.

You raise a very interesting point, and you're right that occasionally we may see 'will' in the 'if' clause. That's usually when we're using 'will' to show someone's willingness to do / not to something:

A: I will not speak to him.
B: O.k. If you won't (are not willing to) speak to him, I will do it.

In your sentence, too, you can replace 'won't  by 'be willing to': If you are not willing to have something done on time, be clear about it.

 

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