Tag Archives: Conditionals

How to use “provided that”

The phrase “provided that” has numerous possible meanings, which can result in ambiguity if it is not used properly.   First of all, “provided that” can simply be a verb + conjunction combination. This is a common structure in legal … Continue reading

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How to be polite

Non-native English speakers sometimes sound abrupt and impolite to native English speakers. This is because they often use language that is too direct, and does not have the correct “distance” from the hearer or reader. It is therefore important to use … Continue reading

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The difference between “in case” and “in the case”

“In the case” means “if”. For example: In the case the Lessee fails to undertake reparations within this period, the Lessor may terminate the Lease. = If the Lessee fails to undertake reparations… You may also use this phrase with … Continue reading

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How to translate “W przypadku gdy…”

WRONG In case when the Lessee does not acquire a building permit before 30 June 2014, the Lessor has the right to terminate the lease agreement upon one month’s notice. RIGHT If the Lessee does not acquire a building permit … Continue reading

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More on conditionals – “will” in the if-clause

“Will” may be used in the same was as “would” in the if-clause of a conditional sentence in polite conditionals: If you will come this way, I’ll show you to the manager’s office. We also sometimes use “will” in the … Continue reading

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Polite conditionals – “would” in the if-clause

The rule that states “never use will or would in the if-clause of conditional sentences” is not 100% true. We do use “would” in the if-clause in polite conditionals. For example: I would be grateful if you would send me … Continue reading

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Golden rule for conditionals

When you are writing conditional sentences the golden rule to remember is this: Never use “will” or “would” in the if-clause. When I pointed this out in a recent training session everybody said that they already knew the rule. But … Continue reading

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