If the tree isn't watered, it (will die - dies - would die).

I know zero conditional should be about facts. In the example above I'm confused whether to choose will die or dies.


Both will die and dies are grammatical.

In normal speech, you would use will die; but in present-tense narrative (for example, in a documentary film) you might hear dies.

  • Anyways, what's the best answer for this? – Mohamed Magdy May 23 '18 at 0:57
  • What is lacking in my answer, @MohamedMagdy? – Colin Fine May 24 '18 at 20:41
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    Using "the Tree" to mean "trees in general" would be very old-fashioned. Phrases like the oak tree, the sycamore tree to make general statements about those kinds of tree is more normal, but only statements about properties specific to the kind of tree. – Colin Fine May 24 '18 at 21:03

It should be it dies because zero conditional refers to general truths. It is clear that your sentence is zero because watering trees a scientific truth.

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