English for Everybody - Beginners course

Second Conditional

Let's learn about conditionals


A second conditional sentence consists of two clauses, an "if" clause and a "result" clause:

if clause if + subject + verb in the subjunctive (like the simple past tense, but you can use 'were' instead of 'was')
if    she    was nicer
result clause subject + would + verb
she    would    have    more friends.

The second conditional is used to talk about things which are unreal (not true or hardly possible) in the present or the future - things which probably won't happen:

For example:
If I had time I would take a computer course.
(I do not have time therefore, unless something completely unexpected happens, I cannot take the computer course.)

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