-1

What's the difference between the following two sentences?

If you use medical marijuana to alleviate chronic pain, you have to obtain a doctor’s endorsement.

VS

If you are going to use medical marijuana to alleviate chronic pain, you will have to obtain a doctor's endorsement.

3
  • 1
    The first example is present tense expressing present time, The second uses the progressive aspect ("are going" to express future time.
    – BillJ
    Sep 15 at 8:04
  • So you mean the first one means that using medical marijuana to alleviate chronic pain is happening right now, and the person who uses it needs to obtain a doctor's endorsement? Sep 15 at 8:10
  • There's no meaning difference between the two sentences; will, going to and have to all refer to the future, one way or another. Different people might use one or the other in a given circumstance, but there's no consistent difference. Sep 16 at 21:44

1 Answer 1

0

The first one uses the present tense to make a general statement - 'anyone who uses... has to...'.

The second addresses the reader/hearer directly - ' if you (personally) intend to use marijuana...'

2
  • 1
    I disagree. I think either of them can be general or direct.
    – Barmar
    Sep 19 at 22:39
  • What different rule is happy to extend 'anyone who uses... ' but not 'anyone who intends to/is going to use...'? 7 hours ago

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.