I guess I somehow understand the rules in Cambridge Dictionary grammar tutorial on conditional.

I am sure which of those rules fits this kind of situations.

If kids don't dress very well, people would judge their parents.

If kids don't dress very well, people will judge their parents.

A friend told me the former one is correct but didn't explain why.

Could someone please give a hint about the rules/conventions of it? Thanks in advance.


Based on your sentence, both can be used, but it will be based on the context. However, the first one is more common because when will is used, it means that that is a universal fact or truth. However, not dressing well won't 100% cause people to judge your parents, thus it isn't a universal fact or truth.

Therefore the sentence 'If kids don't dress very well, people would judge their parents.' should be used.

  • Can you give some supporting arguments for your answer? I have some doubts about it ( as a literate native speaker of British English). I would say: "If kids don't dress well, people judge their parents" ( a prediction: if x happens, then y happens - both present tense) or I might say " If kids did not dress well, people would judge their parents" ( a conditional prediction: if something that might happen occurs, then something else that might happen would occur). Your preferred version seems to me to muddle two distinct thoughts. – JeremyC Apr 18 '20 at 21:49
  • @JeremyC Say this sentence 'If the Sun disappears, Earth ____ be thrown out of orbit'. In this case, will be used, because if the sun really disappears, the earth will 100% be thrown out of orbit, that's why 'will' will be used. – UnidentifiedX Apr 19 '20 at 0:55

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