One grammar item, many functions

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How can one grammatical form serve different purposes?

Hello all, and welcome back to another mini-lesson from マイケルズイングリッシュスクール天王寺英会話.

Today we are looking at how one grammar item, the first conditional in this case, can express different language functions. 

First look at these sentences, all in the first conditional:

1. If we don’t leave now, we’ll miss the train.    __________________
2. If you want, I’ll do the dishes.    __________________
3. If you touch that wire, you’ll get an electric shock.    __________________
4. If you don’t stop doing that, I’ll hit you.    __________________
5. If you explain why you did it, he’ll understand.    __________________
6. If you turn it round the other way, it’ll fit.    __________________

Now look at these functions, and match them with the sentences above.

Prediction
Offer
Warning
Threat
Advice
Suggestions

You are very welcome to print out the exercise and discuss it in class with your teacher.

Answers: 1. prediction  2. offer  3. warning  4. threat  5. advice  6. suggestions

 

See you soon for another mini-lesson from マイケルズイングリッシュスクール天王寺英会話 !

 

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