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Second conditional

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  • 1. Second ConditionalUnreal possibility ordreamThe second conditional is like the first conditional. We are still thinking aboutthe future. We are thinking about a particular condition in the future, and theresult of this condition. But there is not a real possibility that this conditionwill happen. For example, you do not have a lottery ticket. Is it possible towin? No! No lottery ticket, no win! But maybe you will buy a lottery ticket inthe future. So you can think about winning in the future, like a dream. Its notvery real, but its still possible.IF condition resultpast simple WOULD + base verbIf I won the lottery I would buy a car.Notice that we are thinking about a future condition. We use the past simpletense to talk about the future condition. We use WOULD + base verb to talkabout the future result. The important thing about the second conditional isthat there is an unreal possibility that the condition will happen.Here are some more examples:IF condition resultpast simple WOULD + base verbIf I married Mary I would be happy.If Ram became rich she would marry him.If it snowed next July would you be surprised?If it snowed next July what would you do?result IF conditionWOULD + base verb past simpleI would be happy if I married Mary.She would marry Ram if he became rich.
  • 2. Would you be surprised if it snowed next July?What would you do if it snowed next July?