How to teach conditional sentence type 1

Of the four types, conditional sentence type one is the easiest one to teach. Students should be able to understand the following:

  • There is an if-clause and a then-clause in conditional sentence.
  • The then-clause should be understood as the consequence of the if-clause.
  • Conditional sentences are used to talk about possible situations. That’s why it is sometimes called the real conditional.
  • The structure of conditional type one involves the use of the simple present in the if-clause and the simple future in the then-clause.
  • Conditional sentences may contain verbs in the affirmative as well as the negative form.

Here is a lesson plan that will help you teach conditional type 1


  • Start by drawing a line to divide the board into two parts.
  • Label the first part facts and the second part consequences.
  • Give examples of facts:
    If I eat too much,
    If I have enough time this evening,
    If I write a poem,
    If I don’t understand something,
  • Ask students to imagine the consequences. warn them that they will have to use the simple future:
    I will get fat.
    I will watch the match.
    I will send it to my girlfriend.
    I will ask the teacher.
  • Elicit the structure of conditional type one from the students:
  • Ask students to provide more examples.

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  1. Muche says:

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