first conditional

1. If she smiles more, people will like her.
2. If she smiled more, people would like her.

The above sentences come from "Oxford English Grammar Course." The latter works for me. However, I cannot think of a context in which the first fits. Can you expand the first one for me?

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Hi, Freeguy,

In (1), the likelihood of her smiling more is higher, and so is the result of people getting to like her. That is why Type 1 Conditionals are described as "Probable". If she smiles more (which she probably will), people will automatically like her.

In (2), both the condition and the result are improbable. Perhaps she is reluctant to smile, but if she agreed to do so, we can imagine that hypothetical outcome.

Many, many thanks.

What about this version:

She's getting ready to begin a presentation and she's nervous about that. People are talking about "her" and decide that she'll be more likeable if she smiles.


I know that here, "she would be more likeable if she smiled" is not correct. But I wonder if the above sentence sounds natural to you.

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