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The Second Conditional
The second conditional tense also deals with the future, except that the possibility of the condition or result ever happening is slim or very unlikely to happen. The second conditional tenses may often be described as “wishful thinking”. We use the simple past preceded by “if” and “would” (or could or might) + the base verb.
If I won the lottery, I would move to Thailand.
If were stronger, I could become a UFC fighter.
If you married Nancy, you would be happy for the rest of your life.
If it snowed in July, would you be surprised?
If our boss gave us a bonus, we could take that vacation we were thinking about.
If they were not so lazy, they could apply to Harvard.
We can switch the positioning of the clauses in the sentence, and retain its meaning.
I would move Thailand if I won the lottery.
Switch the clauses for the remaining example questions.
Practice using the second conditional tense in conversation. Try to provide at least ten (10) examples. Use many different verbs.
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