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is it correct to ask

What are you going to do if you lose your pants on the train?

Or maybe better to ask

What are you going to do when you lose your pants on the train?

Thanks.

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    Both sentences are grammatical. (Although they would also both be a little strange to ask someone. Are they about to travel on a train known for causing people to lose their pants?) – Jason Bassford Apr 10 at 14:06
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I agree with @JasonBassford - both sentences are grammatical. They have different meanings, though - the first (with if) leaves open the possibility that the listener might not lose their pants. The second (with when) assumes that the listener will definitely lose their pants and it’s just unclear at what time that will happen.

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