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Language Interference
Learner English and its uses

Why do Inspector Clouseau
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Focus on Language Awareness: Pragmatics
The key to avoiding slips
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First conditional

If you fail the exam you will have to take it again.
Nobody will think badly of you if you fail.
If she is sent to prison, what will become of her children?
If we don’t get more money, the community theatre will cease to exist here.
If Pauline asks where I am, will you cover for me?
If interest rates go up, more small businesses will fail.
If you see him, will you give him a message from me?

Second conditional

If we could turn the clock back, would you actually change anything?
It goes without saying that customers would be happier if prices were lower.
If Luke paid more attention in class, he would achieve better results.
It would be a pity if they had to cancel the show.
If it weren’t so late I would give Donna a call.
I would go mad if I had to stay in bed for three weeks.

Third conditional

She would have bled to death if we hadn’t found her.
That was close! We would’ve been in trouble if you hadn’t swerved.
If anyone had started shooting, we would have been right in the line of fire.
If it hadn’t been for your help, I would not have succeeded.
If I had known you were coming, I would have had a meal ready for you.

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