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If you lend me some money I will start a business.

or,

If you will lend me some money I will start a business.

What is the difference between the meaning of these two future conditionals?

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  • Without any context there is no difference in meaning, but the first is more colloquial. May 21, 2020 at 23:37
  • @OldBrixtonian what context do you want?
    – user102023
    May 22, 2020 at 3:55

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We would usually say the first. Eg:

  • If I lend you some money what will you do?
  • If you lend me some money I will start a business.

The second might be used when the first 'will' needs to be emphasized. Eg:

  • If I refuse to lend you any money, what then?
  • I'll become an alcoholic. But if you will lend me some money I will start a business.

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