Conitional

Is the following sentence a conditional, and can we consider the clause "when I grow up" as an if clause?

When I grow up, I will become an artist like him.

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  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭

    @AliNateghi, a condition is the sort of thing we talk about with the word if.

    We use if in a conditional clause. (Not all conditional clauses begin with if but most do.)

    A conditional sentence consists of — at least — a conditional clause and a main clause.

    This conditional sentence is a little like your sentence

    If I succeed at Art College, I will become an artist like him
    CONDITIONAL CLAUSE.......MAIN CLAUSE

    There's an important difference between this sentence and your sentence
    When I grow up, I will become an artist like him
    TIME CLAUSE......MAIN CLAUSE

    In your sentence, you're saying that both clauses say something will happen.
    You will grow up, and at that time you will become an artist like him

    The conditional sentence is different. It doesn't say that you will succeed at Art College. It says that you may succeed — and therefore become an artist like him. But it also means that you may not — and therefore not become and artist like him.

    There are some sentences where if and when mean more or less the same thing. These are sentences where you could us whenever. They usually have verbs in the PRESENT and refer to things which happen all the time.

    If I try really hard, I succeed.
    When I try really hard, I succeed.
    Whenever I try really hard, I succeed.

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