The Conditionals

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Today we have the fourth and final part of our English Grammar Tense Cheat Sheets. Be sure to bookmark this page. Scroll to the bottom for questions to practise. Ready, steady, let’s go!



Zero conditionalWhen do we use it?

  • facts and rules of nature. If you fail this exam, you fail college.

First conditionalWhen do we use it?

  • real future possibilities. If it’s hot tomorrow, they’ll go to the seaside

Second conditionalWhen do we use it?

  • imaginary present or future situations. He would write a book, if he had more time.

Third conditionalWhen do we use it?

  • imaginary past situations. If they’d gotten up earlier, they would have had more time to get ready for their guests.

Conditionals Cheat Sheet

Intrepid English Study Tip: Where should I study? Sometimes it’s a good idea to change your study environment. Different atmospheres can give you positive differences in your motivation, concentration or mood. Try studying outside at the park. You could even bring a picnic! Or maybe on a bus or train – but keep an eye on your stop!

Practice Questions

  1. Do you know any interesting facts about animals? (zero conditional)
  2. What are you some facts about your home country? (zero conditional)
  3. What will you watch, if you want to relax? (first conditional)
  4. If you get a part-time job, how will you spend your free time? (first conditional)
  5. If you won the lottery, what would you do? (second conditional)
  6. What would you do if someone stole your car? (second conditional)
  7. How would your life be different if you had/hadn’t gone to university? (third conditional)
  8. What would have been different about your life, if you had grown up in an English speaking country? (third conditional)

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