I would like to know which one of the below two sentences are right:

If I am in Russia, I will get in touch with you


If I will be in Russia, I will get in touch with you.

The three best things about the NGO was the team, agenda, and the funding.


The three best things about the NGO were the team, agenda, and the funding.

In the first question, the first answer seems more fitting to me.
Second sentence, should we use were or was because NGO is considered singular and the latter part of the sentence is plural as it refers three things.
I would also like to know the explanation.

  • Q1: [When] I am or If I [visit]; Q2: three ... were.
    – Lawrence
    Dec 1, 2017 at 6:47
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    I note that you're asking for explanations. To help avoid wasted effort etc on the part of respondents, please edit your question to provide some information about what you've found or considered so far, as well as which version you think sounds better, and why.
    – Lawrence
    Dec 1, 2017 at 6:50
  • I dont understand 1st question reply. For the second question did u mean plural 'were' because of 'the team, agenda and the funding'? @Lawrence
    – codename_47
    Dec 1, 2017 at 6:51
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    Presumably your first sentence refers to contacting a person who lives in Russia. It would be more natural to say 'When I am in Russia'. or 'If I go to (or visit) Russia'. Obviously a sentence about three things needs a plural verb.
    – Kate Bunting
    Dec 1, 2017 at 9:10

1 Answer 1


in the first two sentences the first is the correct one, while the second is incorrect because there is no such if clause, that is, no conditional that uses the future tense in both clauses. in the second two sentences the second is the correct one because the subject of that sentence is the three best things.the verb must agree with that subject, so it needs to be plural.

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