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conditionals: review

If I were you, I’d (=I would) get more rest
si j’étais toi, je me reposerais davantage


answer the questions in the comments section of this post

Answer these questions: second conditional practice

This question is in the second conditional:

If + past + I would + infinitive

If I worked in a chocolate factory, I would hate eating chocolate.
Si je travaillais dans une chocolaterie, je détesterais manger du chocolat

What would you do if you won ten million Euros on the lottery?
Que feriez-vous si vous gagniez 10m € au loto?

This grammar point is covered on page 51 of your book ‘Free English Grammar’

Here are some more hypothetical questions. Choose one to anwser in the comments section below. If you’d like to have these questions to print, there is a PDF version here

1.What would you do if you found €10000 in an unmarked envelope?

2.What would you do if you if could be invisible for a day?

3.What would you do if you were president of the world?

4.What would you do if you if you only had one day to live?

5.What would you do if your car broke down on the way to a very important meeting, and you realised your phone had no battery?

6.What would you do if you had invited some important customers to a restaurant and you realised that you had left your money and credit cards at home?

7.What would you do if you saw a colleague stealing office supplies?

8.What would you do if you dreamed a good friend was going to have a terrible accident?

Conditional 2: What would you do if…?

Conditional 2:

En français on emploie le conditionnel:
je ferais
tu ferais
il ferait
Vous feriez
Nous ferions

Et l’imparfait avec ‘si’
Si j’étais toi, je demanderais son avis.

In English, the formula is:

If + past + would + infinitive
If I were you, I would ask her opinion.

Si j’étais président, je donnerais plus d’argent aux pauvres.

If I were president, I would give more money to the poor.

In the video, the question is, “what would you do if you won a million dollars?”
(que feriez-vous si vous gagniez un million de dollars?)

Test your understanding:

If I _______ you I would go home now.

If you _________ to the supermarket, ________ buy some bread?

What would you do if he _________ you to marry him?

What ______ you do if he asks you to marry him?

I ________ do it if I were you.

If he ________ that again, I'll scream!

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Conditional 1 What will you do if…?

Le conditionnel n’est pas ‘un temps’. En anglais, il n’y a pas de conjugaison pour les conditionnels, mais les verbs modaux, will et would

On dénombre les conditionnels selon la probabilité:
1: probable : s’il fait beau demain, elle ira à la plage
2: peu probable, hypothétique: Si j’étais vous, je ferais
3: le passé, un regret, trop tard Si tu m’avais demandé, je l’aurais fait

Conditional 1

s’il fait beau demain, elle ira à la plage. On utilise un présent avec ‘si’ et le futur avec l’éventuel resultat:

If it is nice tomorrow, she will go to the beach.

Using would for the past

When I lived in London, I would do my shopping late at night

What do you understand from this sentence? You may have learned that “would” is used as a conditional, describing unlikely or hypothetical situations. That’s obviously not the case here, as there is no “if” and a past verb,”lived”.

“Would” can be the past of “will”. Sound strange? Here’s how to use it:

It is possible, then, to use “would” to describe past actions, a little like used to”

The difference between ‘would’ and ‘used to’ is that ‘would’ needs a time reference as the example above, ‘when I lived in London’.

Here are some other examples of would in the past that are very common amongst native English speakers:

My car wouldn’t start this morning
ma voiture ne demarrait pas ce matin

I wanted to go, but she wouldn’t let me
Je voulais aller, mais elle ne m’a pas permis