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Examples of second conditional

In the English language, the second conditional is used to mention events that are unlikely to occur in the future. It is a kind of hypothesis based on the present, but of which it is not certain that it will happen.

In Spanish, an example of a second conditional would be: “I have studied all night, tomorrow I will get a 10 on the exam.” In the example, it is very possible that the person studies all night, but that does not guarantee that what they study will be the correct answers to the questions on the exam .

Structure of a second conditional

With some exceptions, creating a second conditional sentence is very similar to Spanish. Basically the same structure should be followed in cases where it applies:

if + verb in past tense + Conditional or modal verbs Could and Might (might).

Modal verbs can make the hypothesis even less likely, so it has to be used in which cases the chances of the second sentence occurring are slim.

If the verb of the secondary sentence is the verb “to be”, then ” were “ must be used in all persons.

Examples sentences with second conditional

  • If it was raining, we couldn’t go to the movies / If it was raining, we couldn’t go to the movies .
  • If I won the award, I would have a party with all my family and Friends / If I won the award, I would have a party with all my family and friends.
  • If I had a lot of money, I would buy a yacht / If I had a lot of money, I would buy a yacht.
  • If you were my husband, we would have 3 children / If you were my husband, we would have 3 children .
  • If I had seen you, we would have gone to eat / If I had seen you, we would have gone to eat .
  • If you give me a kiss, we could fall in love / If you give me a kiss, we could fall in love .
  • If you had a son of mine, he could look like me / If you had a son of mine, he could look like me.
  • If you were a lawyer, you would be very important / If you were a lawyer, you were very important.
  • If I ate all the chocolate, my stomach will hurt / If I ate all the chocolate, my stomach will hurt .
  • If he told me that, it’s the truth / If he told me that, it’s the truth .
  • If I opened the door, anyone could enter / If I opened the door, anyone could enter.

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