If it doesn't rain, we could go outside.

Is this correct?

(I am sitting on a couch looking out the window)

  • You might find it clearer to form the sentence as “We could go outside if it doesn’t rain.”
    – jwpfox
    Nov 25 '20 at 0:02

In a word, yes.

Not knowing what you are exactly confused about, I will cover your question in different ways.

Firstly, the dependent clause is just a conditional statement.

Secondly, the essential clause says that you "could go outside" which implies the speaker's uncertainty or possibility of going outside even if it's very likely not to rain.

Lastly, most grammars may have not mentioned this type of conditional sentence though it is not wrong or something native speakers wouldn't say.


Yes it's fine.

As well as your suggestion, there is a variety of clauses that might follow the conditional clause: If it doesn't rain.

....we ought to go outside.
....we might go outside.
....we should go outside.

and many other possibilities: We might consider going outside.

Each one is a slightly different way of saying much the same thing. All are correct and idiomatic.
Which one you prefer simply depends on what you want to say.

  • Thanks. But "we would go out" can't be used is , at this point, purely absurd and error in the language.
    – Joe Kim
    Nov 25 '20 at 1:29

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