Conjunctions with the 1st conditional

Hi,

I have a problem with conjunctions in the first conditional. How do these apply to the first conditional?:
I’ll wash the dishes as soon as this TV show is over.
Call me as soon as you get in.
I’ll sit outside until it gets dark.
I will keep looking for my car keys until I find them!
I’ll finish this report before I leave tonight.
Please take the garbage out before you go to work today.
For me, these above don't look like the first conditional at all... Where's condition + result pattern in them?

Please help.

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

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Thanks!

Comments

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭

    There's no conditionality in any of those sentences. Consider the first two:

    1
    A. I'll wash the dishes if John is too busy.
    B. I’ll wash the dishes as soon as this TV show is over.

    A is not a firm promise. It's perfectly possible that I won't wash the dishes. There's a clear implication that I won't wash the them if John is available to do the job. It's a conditional promise using the grammar of a conditional sentence — specifically the grammatical construction known as 'first conditiona'l.

    By contrast B is a firm promise. I will wash the dishes — that fact is not in question. the only question is when I'll wash the dishes. The actual promise is unconditional. There can't even be an implied condition. The TV show will be over at some point.

    2
    A.
    Call me if you miss the bus.
    B. Call me as soon as you get in.

    Again, A is not an unconditional request — it's a request to do something on one condition. I'm not asking you to call me if you succeed in catching the bus. You can if you like, but I'm not asking you to.

    And again B is unconditional. In the first clause I'm asking you to call; in the second clause I'm specifying when I want you to call.

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭

    There is a similarity @robinsenny between your sentences and the so-called first conditional.

    Because they all refer to FUTURE ACTION they all have a MAIN CLAUSE with
    either

    • will (or 'll) — which is also typical of 'first conditional' MAIN CLAUSES
      or

    • an IMPERATIVE (call, take)

    The conjunctions as soon as, until, refer to the SAME FUTURE TIME as the MAIN CLAUSE
    The conjunction before relates to the SAME FUTURE TIME as the MAIN CLAUSE

    [In this they differ from the conjunction because where the two clauses may refer to different TIMES.
    For example
    I'll wash the dishes because you did them yesterday.]

    Because the verb refers identically or relates exactly to the SAME FUTURE TIME, English grammar doesn't require a FUTURE marker — unlike some other languages. So we use the PRESENT SIMPLE.

    There's one FUTURE ACTION in the sentence, and therefore one future marker (e.g. will)

    The sentences each perform one function relative to the future

    I’ll wash the dishes as soon as this TV show is over.one PROMISE
    Call me as soon as you get in.one REQUEST
    I’ll sit outside until it gets dark.one DECISION
    I will keep looking for my car keys until I find them!one DECISION
    I’ll finish this report before I leave tonight.one PROMISE or DECISION
    Please take the garbage out before you go to work today.one REQUEST

    So-called first conditional sentences also refer to the SAME FUTURE TIME in both clauses.
    I'll wash the dishes if John is too busy.one PROMISE
    It will be difficult to finish the match if it gets dark.one PREDICTION

    Each sentence has one future marker ('ll or will) in the MAIN CLAUSE.
    The other clause — as in your sentences — uses the PRESENT SIMPLE.

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