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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Conditional Statements

In the prior lesson, we have read about 'how to use 'Dare' as an auxiliary verb'.  Now, let us come to study about a new topic namely ‘conditional statements’. 

What is a Conditional Statement?

A conditional statement is a statement or an undertaking wherein we agree or obey to do a work on the fulfillment of some conditions mentioned in the statement.  The tense rules are strictly followed in this types of conditional statement also called a complex sentence. In this type of complex sentences we use all the universal auxiliaries. These conditional statements are classified into three categories mainly. They are 1. Open conditional statements 2. Past conditional statements and 3. Past perfect conditional statements  Now let us see how is this open conditional statements used in the sentences.  We are learn medical transcription lessons in this blog.

OPEN CONDITIONAL STATEMENTS: This statement is made only for simple present tense cases or instances. Here the auxiliaries that are used are CAN, MAY, SHALL, MUST, WILL or OUGHT TO in one part of the complex sentence and any present form of verb including the verbs in auxiliary forms in the other along with the conjunction as shown in the following examples.

1. Will you help my brother in his studies?
2. I shall help him if he asks me.
3. I cannot help him if he does not ask me.
4. Can I see you if I come to your office before 5 p.m.?
5. You may catch headache if you walk in this hot day.
6. You must take food if it gets hunger. Don’t take fasting.
7. They ought not to play the game if the board is not there.
8. Can’t the boy reach the ground if he runs now?
9. You must work very hard if you want to win a place in the merit list.
10. I will look after my puppy dog, if you open the door.
11. The guests ought to attend the party if others expect it.
12. He shall do this job if the doctor orders him, Shan’t he?
13. Your friend cannot solve this problem even if he tries, can she?
14. How can Patrick make it to the finals if he doesn’t try hard?
15. If I write fast, can’t I leave the classroom hall early?

Note: We should not only use the conjunction in the middle of a complex sentence. If it is very close to the meaning or appropriate then we may start the sentence with the conjunction.

In the next post we would learn about the past conditional statements.