In some situations if can be followed by will, would or going to in the same clause.

If you'll come this way, Ms Taylor will see you now.

When I used the example above, my English teacher at school told me that I was wrong and we can never use if followed by will

Can I have further explanations on this matter? Can an English conditional sentence have two clauses with "will"?

  • It can also be followed by many other verbs and predicates. Why are these three special? And what would you expect an answer to this question to look like? Feb 6, 2018 at 15:38
  • This might be a part-duplicate of ... consider 'would' to be a polite form of 'will'. I can't tell. Feb 6, 2018 at 15:41
  • When I used the example above, my english teacher at school told me that I was wrong and we can never use if followed by will.
    – sardi kuka
    Feb 6, 2018 at 16:35

1 Answer 1


Your teacher is probably thinking of the so-called conditional 1 (first conditional) sentences in which will appears only in the main clause. Example:

If you help me, I'll help you.

But your sentence is not a typical conditional. It does not mean:

Ms Taylor will see you now, on condition that you come this way.

It means:

Ms Taylor is ready to see you now. Please come this way.

"If you will come this way" is simply a polite way of saying "Follow me!"

You can read about different ways of expressing requests politely on the Cambridge Dictionary website. It includes this extract:

In speaking, we often use if followed by will, would, can or could to introduce a polite request:

  • If we can move on to the next point for discussion. (more polite than Can we move on …)

  • If I could just say one more thing … (more polite than Listen to me, I want to say something.)

  • If you will follow me, please. (more polite than Follow me, please.)

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .