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Conditionals

(intermediate level)

 

These examples may make it easier for you to understand conditional sentences:

Type 1 - Open Condition

She will help you if you ask her.

The children will go to the zoo if father doesn't take them fishing.

If the weather is good, we'll go water-skiing on the lake.

If I see Susie, I'll tell her about your sister's accident.

They won't arrange a party if Aunt Lucy doesn't help with the cake.

They won't arrange a party unless Aunt Lucy helps with the cake.

The burglar won't get into the house if we lock the windows too.

Will you tell me the secret if I promise to keep it?

 


Type 2 - Half-Open Condition

She would help you if you asked her.

The children would go to the zoo if father didn't take them fishing.

If the weather were/was good, we'd go water-skiing on the lake.

If I saw Susie, I'd tell her about your sister's accident.

They wouldn't arrange a party if Aunt Lucy didn't help with the cake.

They wouldn't arrange a party unless Aunt Lucy helped with the cake.

The burglar wouldn't get into the house if we locked the windows too.

Would you tell me the secret if I promised to keep it?

 


Type 3 - Closed Condition

She would have helped you if you had asked her.

The children would have gone to the zoo if father hadn't taken them fishing.

If the weather had been good, we'd have gone water-skiing on the lake.

If I had seen Susie, I'd have told her about your sister's accident.

They wouldn't have arranged a party if Aunt Lucy hadn't helped with the cake.

They wouldn't have arranged a party unless Aunt Lucy had helped with the cake.

The burglar wouldn't have got into the house if we had locked the windows too.

Would you have told me the secret if I had promised to keep it?

 

 

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