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grammar question - conditional.. 
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I have a question on my TOEIC test.


"If this deal goes well, we should continue to do business with your company."

"If this deal goes well, we will continue to do business with your company."

And I know that the correct answer is the second one, but am not sure why... Can anyone please explain why? thank you.


Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:40 am
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Interesting. They both seem fine to me. The first one would be less likely or require more in the way of context.

"We don't have plans to continue our contract. We've already made arrangements to change our suppliers. However, if this deal goes well, we should continue to do business with your company. Let's see how it goes and if it's good, I'll go back to the directors with the numbers and try to persuade them to change their minds."

the second sentence is more straight forward and less context driven:
if (condition), then (future outcome).

Was there any context to the question or was there just a single sentence and you had to choose the auxiliary?

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Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:47 pm
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Thank you very much Mark.

It's interesting that both choices are correct. There wasn't any context to the question - these questions were taken from an e-learning site by NRI. I'll check into the site again and see if there is anything that was missed out.

Thanks again Mark!


Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:30 am
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Yes, we sometimes like to put conditionals into 4 convenient boxes, but there are in fact many more ... I saw a good site on this once, I will see if I can find it


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Strictly grammatically speaking it must be:

"If this deal goes well, we will continue..."

First conditional, real conditional, if clause present simple, main clause Future Simple.

But, as Kiwione said, there are many more conditionals than the strict grammar conditionals. This is because a language serves communication, and not the grammar rules in the first place. So if in communication someone wants to stress that they should do it if it goes well, then it can be said.

As it was in a test, I would always go for the correct grammatical one.

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