0

What modal verbs can be used in Zero Conditionals (Present Real Conditionals)? For example, I have stumbled across such examples:

  • If you want to go to university, you must study hard.
  • If it can be dreamed, it can be done.

So, what modal verbs (from will, would, shall, should, can, could, may, might, must) and in which clauses can we use when forming this kind of conditionals in general?

2
  • I don't think there should be much to explain here. The sentences are meaningful and don't depend necessarily on some grammar rules. Feel free to use any of those, especially in the independent clause; but there is still a lot to cover if you want to use every one of those in dependent clause. – Alex TheBN Oct 18 '20 at 12:21
  • @AlexTheBN But if i used the "will" in independent clause, for example: "If they want to eat, they will go to restaurant", it would be something different than "If they want to eat, they go to restaurant". The former wouldn't be an example of Zero Conditional, it rather would be a First Conditional (Future Real Conditional), and only the latter would be the example of Zero Conditional . So is it really possible to use any of the modals even in the independent clause? – RussoTuristo Oct 18 '20 at 12:55

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.