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Hi people!

I was wondering whether the use of "will + infinitive" after "if" in a conditional clause was correct or not. Let me give you an example:

A man is seeking advice on how to behave in a foreign country (say, Greece) from one of his friends, who has been there a week ago.

MAN: Hi, X! You know I'm flying to Greece tomorrow and since you went there last week, I was wondering if you could give me some tips.

FRIEND: Sure! Listen: If you'll stay at the Menzies (a hotel), don't have your meals at the hotel. They're much too expensive! Try eating out in some nearby restaurant.

Is the sentence above correct?

Thanks a lot!

Mara.
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RiglosHi people!

I was wondering whether the use of "will + infinitive" after "if" in a conditional clause was correct or not. Let me give you an example:

A man is seeking advice on how to behave in a foreign country (say, Greece) from one of his friends, who has been there a week ago.

MAN: Hi, X! You know I'm flying to Greece tomorrow and since you went there last week, I was wondering if you could give me some tips.

FRIEND: Sure! Listen: If you stay at the Menzies (a hotel), don't have your meals at the hotel. They're much too expensive! Try eating out in some nearby restaurant.

Is the sentence above correct?

Thanks a lot!

Mara.
Hope this helps. Future is not needed....present takes care of it.
Hi Philip! Thanks for your reply!

I know that future is not needed in my example sentence, but I'd like to know if that construction if possible or grammatical, however unnecessary it may be. I mean, if this sentence were spoken or written on a homework sheet by one of your adult students, would you correct it or leave it as it is?

Thanks a lot!

Mara.
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RiglosHi Philip! Thanks for your reply!

I know that future is not needed in my example sentence, but I'd like to know if that construction if possible or grammatical, however unnecessary it may be. I mean, if this sentence were spoken or written on a homework sheet by one of your adult students, would you correct it or leave it as it is?

Thanks a lot!

Mara.
I would correct it.
There are some contexts where "will" is perfectly acceptable in the IF clause – e.g. a polite request or command:

1. If you will just sign here, I'll get your keys.

2. That will be all, Butt. Now, if you will be so kind as to call Younis into my study...

You can also use "will" if it carries a true sense of volition:

3. Well, if you will eat fifty oysters in one sitting, what do you expect?

MrP


FRIEND: Sure! Listen: If you'll stay at the Menzies (a hotel), don't have your meals at the hotel. They're much too expensive! Try eating out in some nearby restaurant.

This isn't quite idiomatic; it would be more natural to say:

1. If you're going to stay at the Menzies, don't have your meals at the hotel.

or

2. If you're staying at the Menzies...

(In addition to Philip's suggestion.)

MrP
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RiglosA man is seeking advice on how to behave in a foreign country (say, Greece) from one of his friends, who has been there a week ago.

Is the sentence above correct?

Thanks a lot!
Dear sir,

It is better to say «A man is seeking advice on how to behave in a foreign country (say, Greece) from one of his friends, who was there the week before».

Kind regards, Emotion: smile

Goldmund
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RiglosA man is seeking advice on how to behave in a foreign country (say, Greece) from one of his friends, who has been there a week ago.
Is the sentence above correct?

Thanks a lot!

A man is seeking advice on how to behave in a foreign country (say, Greece) from one of his friends, who has been there for a week.

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