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TALKING ABOUT IMAGINARY SITUATIONS

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Angela Contreras

on 13 April 2016

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TALKING ABOUT IMAGINARY SITUATIONS
SECOND CONDITIONAL
We use the second conditional to talk about situations that are unlikely or unreal. It can refer to the present or the future.
Structure:
Conditional clause:
If I had a billion dollars,
(past simple)

Result clause:
I would live in a desert island.
(would + base form)
We use
I wish
... or
If only
... with the
past simple
to talk about situations we would like to change.
We use
I'd rather
with the
base form
to express preference.
I wish, If only
If I had a billion dollars, I would live in a desert island.
I wish, If only
I wish
it
were
summer.
If only
I
had
a car.
I'd rather
"Do you want a cup of tea?"
-"
I'd rather

have
a coffee?
We use
I'd rather
with the
past simple
to say that we want somebody's (or something's) behavior to change.
I'd rather
I'd rather

you didn't leave
your bag there.
We use
I wish.
.. or
If only
... +
would
+
base form
to say we would like somebody's behavior to change.
I wish
you
wouldn't

smoke
.
If only
this machine
would

work
.
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