a. Your family.
b. Your friends.
c. Your teacher.
d. The newspaper, radio or TV.
e. Other (your own idea)...
How much of the win would you give away to...
The second conditional is used to talk about an unreal or unlikely condition and its result
in the present or future.
The second conditional is if + Past Simple, would + infinitive without to.
- If I had a lot of money, I would buy a very big house. (I am poor and I do not have a lot
- If I won a lottery jackpot, I would give a big party for my friends. (I have not won a
- Would you give a party for your friends if you won a lottery?
- What is the first thing you would do if you won a lottery? (I don't think you will win a
lottery but I want to know what you would do.)
Complete these sentences using the second conditional and your own ideas.
1. If I became a movie star, I...(you continue)...
2. If I had a palace, I...
3. If I were a famous scientist, I...
4. If I met the Secretary General of the United Nations, I...
5. If I could speak ten languages, I...
6. If I went to the Moon, I...
7. If I caught a large shark, I...
8. If I were stuck in an elevator, I...
TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
A: Comprehension - Answers
1. 115 million euros ($139.2 million
2. EuroMillions jackpot
3. She was the only person to choose the five winning numbers and ticked off the two star numbers.
4. Gallyowen, Limerick, southwest Ireland.
5. A small white house.
7. In a bar.
8. She showed her ticket to everyone and champagne was brought out.
B: Sequencing - Answers
1. The woman was in a bar.
2. She heard that she had the winning numbers.
3. She showed her ticket to all the people in the bar.
4. Everyone drank champagne.
5. She went to the police.
6. She asked the police to look after her ticket.
7. The police said they couldn't look after the ticket.
8. The police phoned her bank manager.
9. The bank manager went to the police station.
10. The bank manager took the woman to the bank.
11. He put her ticket in the bank's vault.
12. A man who was with her talked to RTE state radio.
C: Give your Opinion - Notes
Students discuss in pairs what they would do in this situation. (If possible, don't give them Article 2 until
they have finished their discussion.)
D: Compare your Answers - Notes
Students now see if their answers for Activity C are the same as those of the winner by answering the
D: Compare your Answers - Answers
1. Yes, she did.
2. She decided to continue working 'for a while longer'.
3. She felt shocked.
B: Language - Notes
In English we use 'were' instead of 'was' with the second conditional and 'I': if I were you,...if I were a
famous scientist, etc.
In speaking, however, it is becoming more common for people to use 'was': if I was you,...if I was a famous
B: Language - Sample Answers
Answers will vary.
1. If I became a movie star, I would make lots of romantic comedies.
2. If I had a palace, I would let ordinary people visit it.
3. If I were a famous scientist, I would try to fight bird flu.
4. If I met the Secretary General of the United Nations, I would ask him about his job.
5. If I could speak ten languages, I would feel very clever.
6. If I went to the Moon, I would come home as soon as possible.
7. If I caught a large shark, I would let it go.
8. If I were stuck in an elevator, I would phone the elevator company.