Would you please tell me if I use "If you will be selected*" instead of "If you are selected", does it make sense? Would please tell me the differences between these two tenses?

Thank you for your reply. I note that you are planning to take your IELTS test in April and will advise the shortlist panel of this. If you are selected for interview, we will be in contact after the closing date of 15st August 2019.

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If you are selected=implies a condition that may occur in the future. The idea is hypothetical, but the verb tense is present, in this case, a present passive tense.

If you will be selected=is not grammatical in English.

For simple conditional sentences, never use will after if, use the present.

If he passes the test, they will let him into the university.

Notice: the will is in the second clause (main clause).


"If you will be selected" implies that it has already been determined who will be selected. Which doesn't really make sense, since if you've determined who will be selected, then you've selected them. There are cases where this construction makes sense, for instance "If you will be taking the test, please advise the panel". In that context, "will be taking" essentially means "are planning to take".

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