English Lesson: If Conditionals & Superstitions
Today is Friday the 13th. There is a superstition that says Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. This is because the number 13 is considered to be an unlucky number in Western culture, and Friday is said to be an unlucky day. So if Friday and 13 happen together, it will be bad luck. Do you think so? There are a lot of other superstitions. For example, if you break a mirror, you will have seven years of bad luck. Do you think so? Let’s look at some of these superstitions today!
We use if in a conditional sentence to talk about things that always happen. Do you know how to use this grammar? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson.
In this sentence there are two clauses. The clause with if contains a present verb, and the second clause contains will plus a present verb.
- If the temperature falls below 0°C, water will freeze.
So the structure is: If + present verb, will + present verb.
Some grammar books call this the first conditional. We use this grammar to talk about general truths about the future. A superstition is a general truth or belief that is based on fear or misunderstanding, rather than facts or knowledge. Thus, many superstations can be written and said using this grammar:
- If you break a mirror, you will have seven years of bad luck.
- If you make a wish when you see a shooting star, it will come true.
- If you put salt on the doorstep of a house, it will keep evil away.
- If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of fall, you will not catch a cold all winter.
- If you blow out the all of the candles on your birthday cake in one breath, your wish will come true.
- If you carry a rabbit’s foot in your pocket, it will bring luck and protect you from bad spirits.
- If you open an umbrella in the house, you’ll have bad luck
You can also put the if clause at the end of the sentence:
- You will have bad luck if you walk under a ladder.
- You will stay healthy if you eat an apple every day. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
- When we wish for something good, you will get it if you knock on wood.
- You will have bad luck if you kill a ladybug.
- You will have good luck if you find a four-leafed clover.
- You will have bad luck if a black cat crosses your path.
Do you have similar superstitions in your country? If so what are they? If not, what do you think of these?
|This entry was posted by Michael on January 13, 2012 at 11:15 am, and is filed under Happy English!. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.|
No comments yet.
No trackbacks yet.
about 16 hours ago - No comments
Hi Everyone! Today is another beautiful, sunny day in NYC. I think I will go for a walk after work. That reminds me. The other day, someone asked me about how to use to and for with go, so today, I am going to show you how the grammar is and how we use it.…
about 3 days ago - 1 comment
Happy Friday Everyone! Today I want to show you a few useful idioms using the word break. Check them out and try to use them in your English conversation or writing this weekend! Break someone’s heart How to use it: [someone] breaks another person’s heart Explanation: When you break someone’s heart, you disappoint them romantically.…
about 4 days ago - 3 comments
Greetings from sunny and warm New York City. It’s such a nice day today. If you walk along Madison Avenue, you can see a lot of people with smiles walking around and enjoying the sunshine. Well, for today’s free English grammar lesson, we are going to look at the preposition with. A lot of people…
about 4 days ago - 2 comments
Hi Everyone. Here is a one-point vocabulary lesson about beside & besides. Beside is a preposition of location. It means next to. The clock is beside the candleholder on the shelf. I was sitting beside Jack at the restaurant. Please put that table beside the sofa. Besides is used as conversational phrase to mean “in…
about 6 days ago - 11 comments
Hi English Language fans! It was a bit chilly this morning in NYC. Well, today I have a special English lesson for you that I think is really going to help you learn the difference between the prepositions at & in when talking about location. I know so many people have trouble with these two…
about 6 days ago - No comments
Here is a great collection of idioms relating to the body from our friends over at Kaplan. Check them out! Learn Body idioms with Kaplan If you enjoyed this article, get email updates (it’s free). Enter email address: If you know anyone who is interested in this topic, why not help them out! Just…
about 1 week ago - 2 comments
Hi English Language fans! How’s your week going? Today I want to show you how to use for and why with the noun reason. You can use reason + for. What is his reason for being late? Did you tell your teacher your reason for missing class yesterday? You can also use for + reason…
about 1 week ago - No comments
Good morning from Happy English in NYC! I love the convenience of living in the Big Apple, and this city has many conveniences like the transportation, and huge number of restaurants. How about your town? Today, I want to teach you the difference between convenience and convenient. A lot of students have trouble with these…
about 1 week ago - 5 comments
Hi English Language fans! I want you all to know that I really do appreciate your comments and emails. Did you notice that I used do in that sentence? Today I’m going to show you how to use do to emphasize the verb. Usually, a sentence has one and only one main verb. For example:…
about 1 week ago - 2 comments
Hi there all of you English Grammar Fans. Today, I’d like to teach you the difference between am not and do not. A lot of my students have said that they feel confused with this point. Maybe you are too? I hope today’s lesson can help you remember this English Grammar easily! We use am…