What type of conditional is the following sentence:

If you think that that contact is not going to last awhile, you got another thought coming.

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It's an ordinary present-tense inferential. You may be confused by that got: it's not a past-tense form of got but an abbreviated form of the present-tense idiom have/has got meaning have. It is very common in US speech to reduce have or omit it entirely. Paraphrase:

If you think that X, you have another thought coming.

The idiom you have (or got) another thought (or think) coming means "You should reconsider your expectation/opinion".

You may have been taught to call this the "first conditional" or the "zero conditional". These are terms used only by teachers, not linguists.

  • You might expand your footnote to include ", nor native speakers, most of whom have no idea what it means and have never heard it." (Or is that too broad?) Jul 8, 2017 at 3:11
  • @StoneyB,but in 1st conditional If+V1,will+V1 structure is used instead of if +V1,has/have V3... Jul 8, 2017 at 6:51
  • @M.NaeemAhmad I've adjusted my footnote to include an alternative term some teachers use. But frankly I don't pay a lot of attention to the n-conditionals, and I suggest you ignore them, too. They don't tell you anything useful. ... By the way, thought is not a past participle ('V3')--it's a noun. Jul 8, 2017 at 11:59

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