If Clause Type 1: Bella & The Three Stooges (English / ESL Video)

If Clause Type 1: Bella & The Three Stooges (English / ESL Video)

Synopsis of English / ESL Video

Watch the comical story of Bella and the three stooges and learn about the various forms of if clause type 1 for upper-intermediate level classes.

Title of English / ESL Video

Bella and the Three Stooges

Target English Grammar

If Clause Type 1 (First Conditional / 1st Conditional):
– Conditional clauses / conditional sentences
– If clause + result clause / clauses of result
– Also known as:
– condition clause + consequence clause
– subordinate clause + main clause / other clause
– dependent clause + independent clause.
– Imperatives
– Modal verbs
– Should
– Future time clauses

Student Proficiency Level

Upper-intermediate level grammar

Suggested Courses

General English


– Play the video in class after delivering a warm-up activity first.
– Pause the video whenever the narrator asks students a question to give students time to answer. For example, after elicitations and concept checking questions (CCQs).

Summary of English Grammar: If Clause Type 1

Approximate chronological order:


– Starts and 0:00. Ends at 2:32.

First Conditional:


– To talk about possible present or future situations and their consequences.


Most Common Form:

– If + present simple, + future simple (will)
– Also known as: If + present simple, + will/won’t + verb (base form)

Real Form:

– If + any present tense, + any future tense
– Or: – If + any future tense, + any future tense
– Any present tense: present simple, present continuous, present perfect, present perfect continuous.
– Any future tense: future simple (“will” or “going to”), future continuous, future perfect, future perfect continuous.


– If + present simple, + future simple (will)
– If + you do your job, + we’ll be on our dream holiday to Europe by tomorrow.

– If + present simple, + future continuous
– If + I have free time, + I’ll be seeing my friend.

– If + present simple, + future perfect
– If + Matthew stops bothering me, + I’ll have finished my assignment by tomorrow.

– If + present perfect, + future simple (going to)
– If + Matthew has broken into my house again, + I’m going to kill him!
– First conditionals talk about present or future events. However, using the present perfect makes it a past event.

– If + present continuous, + modal
– If + you’re cleaning the bathroom, could you change the towels?
– The function of this sentence is a polite request. This polite request is in the form of a yes/no question.

– If + future simple (will), + future simple (will)
– If + you’ll meet with me tonight, + I’ll take you somewhere special.
– This sentence is both a request and an offer. Using “will” in the if clause makes the sentence more polite. This polite request/offer is in the form of a statement and not a yes/no question like the previous example.

– If + present simple, + future perfect continuous
– Elicitation from students.
– If + you start now, + you’ll have been cleaning out this house for two hours by midnight.

– If + present perfect continuous, + modal
– Elicitation from students.
– If + he has been following my orders, + he should be out any time now.

*** English / ESL Video: No Music Version ***


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