Second ConditionalUnreal possibility ordreamThe second conditional is like the first conditional. We are still thinking ab...
Would you be surprised if it snowed next July?What would you do if it snowed next July?
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Second conditional

  1. 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. 2. Would you be surprised if it snowed next July?What would you do if it snowed next July?

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