# Which tense the conditional 1,2 exactly indicate?

As I far as I know the conditional 1 and 2 indicate only probability.

For example,

If I see him tomorrow, I will tell him. Indicates high probability to see him.

or If I saw him tomorrow, I would tell him. Indicates less probability.

But what is the tense here exactly?

Can I say If I see him now, I will tell him or If i see him now, I would tell him?

My question is based on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-Np7dmvw0U&t=282s

To my ear, the tense is ungrammatical here, unless you're speaking of a hypothetical situation:

If I saw him tomorrow, I would tell him.

And depending on the contextual meaning of now, this might be idiomatic or it might not:

If I see him now, I will tell him.

If I see him at this very moment, I will tell him. no

We could concoct a scenario where that would be idiomatic, but it would be very contrived. It would be on the order of:

If I'm thinking of the ace of spades, I will tell him. Am I thinking of the ace of spades?

Who doesn't know what they're seeing or thinking at a particular moment? It's more of a guessing game than a conditional.

Now that I know that important bit of information, if I see him, I will tell him.yes

• What is the wrong with If I see him at this very moment, I will tell him? Aug 17, 2018 at 9:20
• @Gamal Thomas: There is nothing grammatically wrong with it, and as I said, we could concoct a scenario where it would make sense on a semantic level. But why use examples that are questionable?
– TimR
Aug 17, 2018 at 12:01

Yes you can. There is nothing intrinsically future about those conditionals. They are only specified as non-past.

• Are you saying If I see him now, I would tell him is grammatical?
– user3395
Aug 16, 2018 at 14:28
• Sorry, I misread part of your question. No, it would have to be If I saw him now, I would tell him. Aug 16, 2018 at 14:33