Grammar explanation – Conditional
Let’s study today an important grammar explanation – conditional.
It is used to express a possible action in the future
Simple Future + Simple Present
If clause (simple present) + main clause (simple future)
If I have a chance, I will go to Europe.
If you see my brother, tell him to call me, please.
She will buy a car if she gets a new job.
He will play soccer if the weather is sunny.
It is used to express a theoretically possibility.
Simple Past + Would
If I studied I would pass in the entrance examination.
If he got that job he would buy his new house.
She would visit Disney if she got the American visa.
He would stay at home if it rained.
If I were or If I was
A special form to express your ideas using the Conditional is using WAS or WERE.
Remember that: I, he, she, it = WAS
You, we, they = WERE
If I were you, I’d go to the doctor right away!
If I were you, I’d talk to your son about it.
As you can observe we don’t use WAS when we mention IF. Many people consider these sentences correct (were) – If I were you, I’d buy a new house – but other disagree.
More examples using IF
If you meet Paul, tell him to contact me as soon as possible.
I will open my bank account if I get that job.
If he had a chance, he would live abroad.
He would buy a Ferrari if he earned US$ one million.
What would you do if you saw a ghost?
What will you do if you meet your favorite actor?
What would you do if you had a chance to live in another country?
What will you do if get that job at Google?