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The following is taken from PEU^{1} 260.2:

'If it is true now that...'We use

willwithifwhen we are saying ‘if it is true now that. . or ‘if we know now that..If Ann won’t be here on Thursday, we'd better cancel the meeting.

If prices will really come down in a few months, I'm not going to buy one now.

But I don't quite understand how these two examples are different from the following:

If Ann isn't here on Thursday, we'd better cancel the meeting.

If prices really come down in a few months, I'm not going to buy one now.

Any semantic difference implied?

And I think the first example in PEU could also be interpreted as "if Ann refuses to come here on Thursday, we'd better cancel the meeting". I think it's ambiguous. What do you think of it?

^{1. PEU = Michael Swan's, Practical English Usage.}

http://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/105490 Andew's answer addressed it very nicely. – Kinzle B – 2017-02-19T04:09:27.767

The first (the

– Kinzle B – 2017-02-25T12:48:47.560ifone) means "We'd better cancel the meeting because we know she won't be here." The second (thein caseone) means "We'd better cancel the meeting because we don't know whether she'll be here or not." http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/31092227#31092227