Past Tense and Conditional Clause

Topics: Past tense, Grammatical tense, Grammatical tenses Pages: 4 (719 words) Published: October 15, 2014
First, Second,
& Third Conditional
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Bottom of Form
Conditional Clause and Main Clause
If I have enough money,
conditional clause    
I will go to Japan.
    main clause
I will go to Japan,
main clause    
if I have enough money
    conditional clause
First, Second, and Third Conditional
1. First conditional:
If I have enough money, I will go to Japan.
2. Second conditional:
If I had enough money, I would go to Japan.
3. Third conditional:
If I had had enough money, I would have gone to Japan.
Conditional clause
Main clause
1. If + Present Tense
will + inf / present tense / imperative
a. If you help me with the dishes (if + pres),
I will help you with your homework. (will + inf)
b. If the sum of the digits of a number is divisible by three, the number is divisible by three (Pres. tense)
c. If you see Mr Fox tonight, tell him I am ill. (imperative). 2. If + Past Tense
would + inf
3. If + Past Perfect Tense
would have + past participle
We do not normally use will or would in the conditional clause, only in the main clause.
Uses of the Conditional
1. First conditional
a. Nature: Open condition, what is said in the condition is possible. b. Time: This condition refers either to present or to future time. e.g. If he is late, we will have to go without him.
If my mother knows about this, we are in serious trouble.

2. Second conditional
a. Nature: unreal (impossible) or improbable situations.
b. Time: present; the TENSE is past, but we are talking about the present, now. e.g. If I knew her name, I would tell you.
If I were you, I would tell my father.
Compare: If I become president, I will change the social security system. (Said by a presidential candidate) If I became president, I would change the social security system. (Said by a schoolboy: improbable) If we win this match, we are qualified for the semifinals.

If I won a million pounds, I would stop teaching. (improbable)

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