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Grammar explanation – Conditional

Let’s study today an important grammar explanation – conditional.

Type One

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.

OR …

She will buy a car if she gets a new job.

He will play soccer if the weather is sunny.

Type Two

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.

OR …

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?

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