Second Conditional

We can use the Second Conditional to talk about 'impossible' situations.

Notice that after I / he/ she /it we often use the subjunctive form 'were' and not 'was'. (Some people think that 'were' is the only 'correct' form but other people think 'was' is equally 'correct' .)

Notice the form 'If I were you' which is often used to give advice.

We can also use the Second Conditional to talk about 'unlikely' situations.

Notice that the choice between the first and the second conditional is often a question of the speaker's attitude rather than of facts. For example, consider two people Peter Pessimist and Otto Optimist.

Notice that the 'If clause' can contain the past simple or the past continuous.

Notice that the main clause can contain 'would' 'could' or 'might.

Also notice that sometimes the 'if clause' is implied rather than spoken.

 

 

 

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