Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 23: Grammar – Zero Conditional

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Season 2 - Episode 23: Grammar - Zero Conditional

Guys, one of my favorite grammar sections of the English language has arrived! I’m so grateful to bring to you today the zero conditional.  First time I taught this was about 3 years ago, and it was a huge pain in the ass because of course, it was the first time I had taught it.  Now it’s a breeze, so here’s a nice little rundown of the zero conditional.

Plants grow if you water them. 

If you talk to plants, they grow more.

If you use a mobile phone on a plane, it’s dangerous.


We use the zero conditional to talk about things that are generally true.

For the zero conditional, in the half of the sentence with if, we use the present simple.


Match the halves to make true sentences.  Put the verb in the second half in the correct tense.


  1. If you mix red and white,
  2. If you add two and two,
  3. If you go out in the rain without an umbrella,
  4. If you drop a glass on the floor,
  5. If you drink sea water,
  6. If you make sand very hot,


a. it _______________(become) glass.

b. it _______________(break).

c. you _____________(get) pink.

d. it _______________(make) you thirstier than before.

e. the rain _________________(make) you wet.

f. the answer _________________(be) four.



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