San
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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Is this sentence grammatically correct?

What if the customers will leave if we don't add new items to the store?

Thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    No. "What if customers leave..." is what you mean, not "will leave".  This is a very common mistake by non-native speakers.  I hear it ALL the time, and it's wrong.  "What if" puts it in the future.  The use of "will" has to do with 1) intention or 2) a linear description of events or actions to come.  It's not used with a hypothetical scenario.  The second half needs some work too, such as "..because we haven't stocked new items/merchandise?"

    • San
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      1 month agoReport

      Thanks!

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  • 1 month ago

    No.  I think you mean this:  What if the customers leave because we don't add new items (to the store)?  The meaning is future; "will" does not belong in that "if" clause.

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