This is an English lesson focused on using the First Conditional and on the relationship between a child and his parent.
An example of First Conditional is:
If you do common chores this week at home, I will give you something nice.
A common chore is something you do around the house.
A Compromise is an agreement you make with someone to do something in return for something you want.
The common chore comes in the form of a condition. If you meet the condition, you will get what you asked for. If you do not meet the condition, you will not get it.
Things your parents might ask you to do:
Tidy your bedroom Wash up the dishes
Prepare the food Set the table
Walk the dog Do the ironing
Wash the car Feed your pet
Lock windows and doors Run an errand to the shop
You are likely to ask your parents for one of the following things:
- Pocket money
- An allowance
- A permission to do or go somewhere
- A treat or tangible (physical) thing
WHAT IS POCKET MONEY?
The idea of pocket money is cash money which your parents give you every week or every month so that you can spend or save it as you wish.
It is the first real step in learning about financial responsibility.
It is a small amount of money which you keep in your pocket. It can be paper money or coins.
You are most likely to keep it in a purse or a wallet.
The problem with keeping coins in the pocket is that they can make a hole in the pocket and they become easily lost.
WHAT IS AN ALLOWANCE?
An allowance is a sum of money your parents pay you every week or every month.
It is a much larger sum than is paid for pocket money.
An allowance will be paid for school expenses, clothing, transport and entertainment such as going to the cinema or on holiday.
Parents may set up a Bank Account for you and may the money into that Account.
A PERMISSION TO DO SOMETHING OR GO SOMEWHERE
There are several examples where there are places you want to go but your parents only allow/permit you to do so if you have met your part of the ‘deal’ and done your household common chores.
- Go to the cinema to watch a movie
- Go to meet friends
- Go to a music concert
- Go to a football match
TREATS – WANTS
There are always things we want but do not necessarily need.
The conditions parents state become very important in the motivation of the child to get what they want.
Here are some straightforward examples:
- Get an ice cream or candy
- Get new clothes
- Get a new device such as camera, handphone or laptop
- Get a motor cycle
- Take Driving lessons
- Go on a holiday
- Stay up extra late for a special event on TV
The important thing to keep in mind is that NOTHING IS FOR FREE, even for a very young child.
We might (or could) say to a young child if they understood:
If you stop crying, I will buy you a new toy tomorrow
If you don’t stop crying, I will not buy you a new toy tomorrow
If you are good, I will take you to the park later
If you are not good, I will not take you to the park later.
Look at those examples how we use the first conditional in both the positive and negative.
Let us see some sentences putting first conditional into action using the expressions referred to above.
All of these sentences should be practiced for reading, writing and speaking.
- If you tidy your bedroom every day, I will give you pocket money.
- If you prepare the food for dinner when you come home from school, I will give you more pocket money.
- If you look after your pocket money and save it, I will make a Bank Account for you next week.
- If you wash up the dishes after eating every night, I will increase your pocket money.
- If you walk the dog every evening, I will allow you to stay up on Saturday evening until midnight.
- If you do the ironing at least once a week, I will allow you to go with your friends to the cinema on Sundays..
- If you show me you are more responsible around the house, I will pay an allowance every week to your Bank Account.
- If you run an errand to the shop to buy some sugar, I will make you a delicious cheesecake for when you come back.
- If you tidy up your toys before going to bed tonight, I will take you to your favourite place tomorrow.
- If you don’t do what I ask you, then I won’t (will not) allow you to go to the concert.
All of these sentences can be REVERSED.
I will give you pocket money IF you tidy your bedroom every day.
THANK YOU for joining my lesson. I hope you enjoyed it. There will be a connecting lesson called ‘IF I LEARN ENGLISH’. Look out for that.