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USING WILL IN AN "IF" CLAUSE
USING WILL IN AN "IF" CLAUSE

We spend years telling students, "Don't use will or would in the "IF" clause." But actually....

1) Polite requests: here "will" = are willing to
- If you will sit down for a second, the doctor will examine you in a moment.
- If you will be so kind and give me your house, i'll be eternally grateful.
- if you would listen to me for for just a second, my love, we might be able to escape this burning building. (would is more polite)

2) Insisting on something: you MUST stress "will" here!
- "I'm fat, Paul!" - "Well, yeah, if you WILL constantly eat cakes all the time, no wonder you can't see your feet!"
- "Dad, my brother keeps kicking me!" - "Paul, if you WILL keep on bloody annoying him, I'm not surprised!"

3) Results: we use WILL here to mean something will be a later result, not a condition of something:
- I'll lend you my car, if it will make you happy! (being happy is the result of getting the car)
- Ok, we'll get married if it will make you feel better!

4) If we are quite certain about something / if we know now that:
- If students WON'T come today, then i'll cancel the class.
- If John will land that dream job, McDonalds will be so lucky!

5) And of course with Indirect Questions - I don't know if...
- I really have no idea if I'll come tonight.
- I really don't know if she'll marry me because i am so ugly.