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The first conditional
We use the First Conditional to talk about future events that are likely to happen.
* If we take John, he'll be really pleased.
* If you give me some money, I'll payyou back tomorrow.
* If they tell us they want it, we'll have to give it to them.
* If Mary comes, she'll want to drive.
The 'if' clause can be used with different present forms.
* If I goto New York again, I'll buy you a souvenir from the Empire State Building.
* If he's feeling better, he'll come.
* If she hasn't heard the bad news yet, I'll tell her.
The "future clause" cancontain 'going to' or the future perfect as well as 'will'.
* If I see him, I'm going to tell him exactly how angry I am.
* If we don't get the contract, we'll have wasted a lot of time andmoney.
The "future clause" can also contain other modal verbs such as 'can' and 'must'.
* If you go to New York, you must have the cheesecake in Lindy's.
* If he comes, you can get a lift homewith him.

There are several modal verbs used to show possibility.  They 
are Might, May, Could, and Must.  All of these are different 
ways to say maybe.

STRUCTURE

Modal Verb  +  Base VerbExamples:

* I may eat dinner at 7:00pm.
* She might work late tonight.
* They must be tired.

May

May shows possibility in the present or the future.

Present:        Whereare my keys?  They may be in the car.
Future:          I may go to the party tonight.

May is formal and is often found in writing.

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Might

Might shows possibility in the present or future.

* Where are my keys?  They might be in the car.
* I might go to the party tonight.

Might is less formalthan may, and is more common in 
conversation.

Could

Could shows that something is possible in the present or 
future.

Present:        Where are my keys?  They could be in the car.
Future:...
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