13. 2nd Conditional (2)

13. 2nd Conditional (2)

Katie has an argument with her boyfriend, Carl

Practice:   Second Conditional (2)
Revision:  Present Perfect

Second Conditional: if + past simple + would / could / might, i.e.

Meaning: a) imaginary, unreal situations
                  b) unlikely future situations

a) If I was a movie star I'd live in Montana, not Hollywood.
a) She'd buy me a house, if she was rich.

b)  If she worked harder, she'd pass her exams.  (Probably she won't work harder.)
b)  She'd be happier, if her husband stopped gambling. (Probably he won't stop gambling.)

 *Notice the contraction, which is usual in spoken English: I would = I'd       she would = she'd   

ex-boyfriend -  he is not her boyfriend any more, (or she's not his girlfriend....) also 'ex', i.e.
My ex has moved to France. (Informal)
Katie's boyfriend, Carl, told her they'd go out for dinner but because there's a football match on television he's changed his mind. Katie's not happy about it.

Fill the gaps with the correct word.

Remember: in speech we usually contract so NOT you would... but you'd.

Katie:  Okay, I've finished studying, when are we going, then?

Carl:    Going? Where?

Katie:  Dinner, you promised to take me out for dinner.

Carl:   Ah, but that was before I knew football was on TV. It's Man United against Arsenal. I
             have to see it, Katie.

Katie: *If you me take me to dinner.

Carl:   And if you me then let me watch the football.

Katie: But you promised to take me.
Carl:   Yes, before I knew there was football on.

Katie: Okay, I'll phone James, then.

Carl:   Shhh…the game's starting. Wait, who's James?

Katie: If you to me when I talk to you, know that James is my
             ex-boyfriend. We still phone each other sometimes.

Carl:   You've never told me that.

Katie:  I have, but you don't listen to me.

Carl:    Well, *if you see him tonight, finish our relationship.

Katie:  Bye, bye. Enjoy the football.

*That they both use the Second Conditional suggests that they doubt that they love each other. Notice, Carl uses the First Conditional at the end as, in that moment, he feels certain he'll end the relationship if Katie sees her ex.


Complete the sentences with the language you've practised.


My son is lazy with his studies.     ……….. he ……… (study) harder, I ……………….. (happy).
                                                             If he studied harder, I'd be happy.

Don't forget to contract: I would = I'd      would not = wouldn't

1. - Oh, I'm going to be late for my train.
     -  Well, if  (have) a car,  (give) you a lift.

2. I'm so unfit. If (exercise) more, (not / to be) unfit.

3. -  I have to do shift work at the restaurant, it's so tiring.
    -  Well, if I (to be / you) (get) a new job.

4. Oh no, we're lost. If we (have) a map, we (not / to be) lost.

5. John's always tired. If he (not / work) so much, he
    (not / to be) tired.