Have you heard the song 'Kryptonite' by 3 Doors Down? We are going to use it to look at asking questions and making statements in the first conditional. Also, we'll go over some of the vocabulary and idioms in the songs.
Learning the First Conditional
Let's start by taking a look at the line they repeat the most:
If I go crazy, then will you still call me Superman?
The answer to the question would be:
If you go crazy, I will still call you Superman.
If you go crazy, I won't call you Superman.
There is another example of this kind of question in the song:
If I'm alive and well, will you be there holding my hand?
(notice how this time they don't include the word 'then')
These are examples of the first conditional. We use the first conditional to talk about:
1) future possibilities
2) that are somewhat likely to occur (not impossible)
We construct sentences in the first conditional like so:
"If" + subject + verb in the simple present + (other information), subject + verb in the future tense + (other information).
You can include the word "then" in the middle, but you don't have to.
Here are some more normal examples of this that you might use in everyday life:
If you go to the store, will you buy me some beer?
If I drink a lot of beer tonight, then I will be hungover tomorrow.
If I am hungover tomorrow, I will get fired.
Vocabulary, Idioms, and References in Kryptonite
The name of the song is Kryptonite. So what is Kryptonite? It's a reference to the Superman comic books and movies. Superman is extremely powerful, and the only thing that can weaken him is the element Kryptonite.
In the song, Kryptonite is used as a metaphor. The singer loves her, but she hurts him at the same time. She is his Kryptonite. What about you? What or who is your Kryptonite?
"... but still your secrets I will keep." To keep a secret means that you don't tell anyone the secret. The opposite is to reveal or tell the secret.
"You took for granted all the times I never let you down." To take something for granted means:
1) to not appreciate or be thankful for something (you just assume it is there without thanking the other person)
2) to assume something is true (without checking to make sure)
1) I took for granted that my mom always made me breakfast and never thanked her. Then when I moved out I realized that I was really hungry in the morning! I also sent my mom an email thanking her for all of the cooking she did for me.
2) I took for granted that the restaurant would be open on Christmas Day. When I arrived, it was closed, and that's why I'm hungry right now.
If you'd like to read all of the lyrics, click here: http://genius.com/3-doors-down-kryptonite-lyrics
Answer these questions in the comments and I will give you some personalized feedback:
1 - What will happen if you oversleep tomorrow?
2 - What will happen if you don't go to work tomorrow?
3 - Are you good at keeping secrets or are you a blabbermouth?
4 - What is something about your family or friends that you take for granted?
All the songs...