YESNYOU – On One Condition…

Hi everyone,

Last week Vic made you smile with her infectious laughter, so this week I’m going to take you on an emotional journey through pop history. On the way we will see some examples of conditional sentences.

How many different conditionals are there?

There are four: zero, 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

They all have different functions, but they all follow more or less the same rules. This week we’re going to listen to some examples of the first, second and third conditionals.

So, if you’re ready, we’ll begin!

First up is the first conditional. It expresses a possible (real) condition and its probable result in the future.

This is its form:
1st conditional

Let’s listen to a song that features the 1st conditional.

 

Very emotional. If I listen to this song enough, I’ll start to cry! Will you?

 

Next, let’s look at the 2nd conditional. It expresses impossible (hypothetical) situations.

This is its form:

2nd conditional

Now let’s listen to a song that features the 2nd conditional.

 

If I was Beyoncé, I’d buy and island and never be seen again! What would you do?

 

Finally, let’s take a look at the 3rd conditional. It’s used to express actions that are impossible because they are in the past.

This is its form:

3rd conditional

Now let’s listen to a song that features the 3rd conditional.

 

If I’d known how hot the weather can be in Barcelona in the summer, I would have moved to Iceland! If you’d studied a different subject at school, what would it have been?

 

So, let’s review:

1st conditional

What they say: If you don’t know me by now, you will never never never know me.

What they really mean: “You’re probably never going to know me!”

2nd conditional

What they say: “If I were a boy, even just for a day, I’d roll out of bed in the morning and throw on what I wanted and go.

What they really mean: “I’m not a boy, and I can’t just get up lazily, put on clothes that I like, and go out. I’m a woman, and society pressures me to look a certain way.”

3rd conditional

What they say: …I would have made you leave your key, if I’d known for just one second that you’d be back to bother me!

What they really mean: “I didn’t make you leave your key because I didn’t think that you would be back, but here you are!”

 

Conditional sentences are not easy, but if you practise, you will definitely start to understand them! You wouldn’t study if you didn’t want to learn! And if you hadn’t studied then you wouldn’t have understood this blog! Keep up the good work!

 

Until next time,

Al

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