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Hi. I think when we use a modal verb, we try to convey things like possibility or obligation. Could we use an if-clause that is in the present tense and the main verb that has the modal verb "could" as part of its verb? I could be mistaken but I tend to use the modal verb "could" for conditional sentences that denote hypothetical situations and having an if-clause in the present tense doesn't seem to make a sentence hypothetical. (I am not sure I wrote correctly to reflect what I wanted to say.)

Anyway, is this correct? Or should I change the underlined part to some words similar like "may"?

If you have some money, you could use it to buy some chocolate.
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Hi Anon.

AnonymousCould we use an if-clause that is in the present tense and the main verb that has the modal verb "could" as part of its verb?

Could is a modal verb, not a "part". You can use "could" to represent assumption. You can use in this case may/might as well. Be aware, though, "can" is not a proper choice in this very case. Mainly "could" is used with "to be".


Why is he upset? It may/might/could be because he lost his bag.

Anonymous I could be mistaken but I tend to use the modal verb "could" for conditional sentences that denote hypothetical situations.
It's ok. It's Second Conditional. Hypothetical is therefore impossible.
Anonymousand having an if-clause in the present tense doesn't seem to make a sentence hypothetical.
Is it a statement? If it's so, it's true. First Conditional therefore pops up.
AnonymousIf you have some money, you could use it to buy some chocolate.

Correct.

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If you have some money, you could use it to buy some chocolate.



If I have the money now, I will buy my mom a nice birthday present. Conditional type 1 Form: if + Simple Present, will-Future

If I have the money now, I will buy my mom a nice birthday present. - a very fullfillable condition.


Condition type 2, Form: if + Simple Past, Conditional I (= would + Infinitive)

If I had the money, I would buy my mom a nice present. A less likely fulfillable condition.


Condition type 3, Form: if + Past Perfect, Conditional II (= would + have + Past Participle)

If I had had the money, I would have bought my mom a nice birthday present. It is impossible that the condition will be fulfilled because it refers to the past.



Dimsum, have you paid just a smidge of attention to what I wrote?
Fandorin, you are funny! You were the one with a direct rebuttal aimed directly at me in the other thread. Let me say it clearly, No! My posts were meant to help the original posters with the question.

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I'm not funny. I'm a stickler for the truth.Emotion: stick out tongue I'm not rebutting you. I just asked what all that "quoting the grammar books" had to do with the question aboutcould in First conditional sentence. As the proof I gave a link to Mr. Micawber's thread with an absolute similar question. That's all. All I wanted to clarify I told you in a previous thread.