# Conditional Type 1?

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Today I asked my teacher of English about Conditional 1. I wanted to know what the difference between those two sentences was.

"If you have finished your work, you can have a break" and "If you finish your work, you can have a break."

If someone tell somebody "If you have finished your work, you can have a break," the employee has to finish his work first and then he can have a break.

And if someone tell somebody "If you finish your work, you can have a break" and employee says "Yes, I'll finish it certainly," the employee can have a break now, but he has to finish his work before fixed moment in the future.

Is it true? I add that my teacher teaches me British grammar.
Do you have the impression that he's a native British speaker?
konrad If someone tell somebody "If you have finished your work, you can have a break," the employee has to finish his work first and then he can have a break. This has nothing to do with the future. It involves no promise that if the employee finishes his work in the future, he may then take his break.
Your sentences simply says, "if A, then B." That's all. If you have finished, you can have a break. (We assume it means "have a break now.")

The version you describe would be, "When you finish / have finished your work, you can have a break." (We assume "have a break then.")

And if someone tell somebody "If you finish your work, you can have a break" and employee says "Yes, I'll finish it certainly," the employee can have a break now, but he has to finish his work before fixed moment in the future. The sentence assumes that the work at this moment is not finished. If you finish your work at some unspecified time in the future, you can have a break. (We must assume that you may have the break at the time your work is finished.)

The version you describe would be something like, "You may take a break now, provided you promise that you will have completed your work by the end of your shift." I'm not knowledgeable about conditional types, and can't say to what extent these examples reflect the requirements of type one.

But I'm quite confident the explanations of the sentences quoted here are incorrect, and that my substitutes are okay.

Best regards, - A.

Edit. "If someone tell somebody" is unusual, but I believe it's the correct subjunctive usage. It would be more modern to say, "If someone tells somebody etc."

"If you have finished your work, you can have a break" and "If you finish your work, you can have a break."
If you are already at the point (now) where your work is finished, you can have a break.
If you come to the point (in the future) where your work is finished, you can have a break.
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konrad if someone tells somebody "If you finish your work, you can have a break" and employee says "Yes, I'll finish it certainly," the employee can have a break now, but he has to finish his work before fixed moment in the future.
Not true. No. Or, rather, it would be rare for someone to say this with that meaning in mind. Native speakers would almost certainly say, "If you promise to finish your work later, you can have a break now" if that, indeed, is what they mean.

CJ
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