English

Zero conditional

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Form : ( If / When + subject + present simple, subject + present simple )


In English, the zero conditional talks about facts or things that are always true.

Examples sentences :

  • If you heat ice, it melts.
  • If water reaches 100 degrees, it boils.
  • If you don't exercise, you become unfit.
  • When I'm worried, I don't sleep well.
  • When I'm really tired, I can sleep anywhere.

Notes for use of zero conditional :

'If' and 'when' have the same meaning in the zero conditional.

We can use a modal instead of a present form to give advice.

  • If the medicine has no effect, you should return to the doctor.
Zero conditional example sentences
If there's anything wrong with your pet...
When you like some clothes, they don't have the colour or the size you want, etcetera.
Yeah, when I hear chips I remember her now.
If you don't have a match, dear, you need to do it by hand!
When I go there, I usually have to stay at least a month.
If there is no delay in connecting flights.
The flight takes roughly 18 hours...
If you want to take your pet to Australia with you.
Don't forget Cate, if you can leave your cat with someone else...
Whenever that happens, this is what you ask me to do the next morning.
If you are buying lots of things, it turns into a hassle!
It always turns into a huge problem.
When you like some shoes, they never have your size.
You are always welcome to take the room.
What I said was, if it's not necessary, I never kill any animal...
I like the skin on if you make it crispy!
Yes, if it's okay for you, it's totally fine for me, too.
Maybe it's better if we wait in different queues.
If you take it from Clapham-Junction it takes roughly an hour.
Once you show him where it is, he always poos and pees there.


Be going to
Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Comparative
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
Expression
First conditional
Future
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Greeting
Have/Get something done
Imperative
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Interjection
Mixed conditional
Modal
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Other
Past continuous
Past continuous passive
Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
Polite request / offer / suggestion
Present continuous
Present continuous passive
Present perfect continuous
Present perfect passive
Present perfect simple
Present simple
Present simple passive
Question tag
Reduced relative clause
Reported speech imperative
Reported speech question
Reported speech request
Reported speech statement
Second conditional
Short answer
Superlative
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Wish
Would rather
Zero conditional