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What are Conditionals?

These are IF sentences that show a possible or likely cause and effect.

The Second Conditional

This expresses things that are very unlikely to happen in the future. This is for unreal possibilities and dreams that probably won’t come true.

If + subject + verb in simple past (+object), (then) subject + would + base verb (+object)

  • If I won the lottery, I would move to space.
  • If you became the CEO of Google, you would be very rich.

You can also switch the order of the clauses. Note that putting the IF clause second means you don’t need a comma.

  • I would move to space if I won the lottery.
  • You would be very rich if you became the CEO of Google.

Asking a Question:

If + subject + verb in simple past (+object), would + subject + base verb (+object)?

  • If he won the lottery, would he move to space?
  • If you became the CEO of Google, would you be very rich?

You can also switch the clauses and take out the comma.

  • Would he move to space if he won the lottery?
  • Would you be very rich if you became the CEO of Google?

 

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