2nd Conditional – Learn English with Papa Teach Me

2nd Conditional – Learn English with Papa Teach Me

November 23, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Aly, if you were an animal, what would you
be? Oh! You’d be a dog So that question that Tom just asked me
“If you were an animal, what would you be?” That situation is real? or imaginary? Of course it’s imaginary! and for this, for Imaginary situations We use the 2nd conditional Now what’s the form of the 2nd conditional? Well it looks like this So just remember: This is for Imaginary
situations look at the form again It has a past verb
with “if” But it doesn’t mean the situation is in the past The Situation’s now or in the future, but
imaginary So, you see “if” with a past verb, it just
means an imaginary situation Happening now or in the future So let’s imagine something different This place is pretty boring, there’s
nothing really happening Nothing here! Ok so let’s do this class in a different place! I want snow, I want trees, I love Christmas Let’s go to Norway! Ok so imagine… But remember, this situation It’s imaginary, it’s not real! I know what you’re thinking, Why didn’t I
say if I WERE in Norway Well you can! That’s completely fine! If you say… in a place That is called the subjunctive mood and the difference is formality If you use the subjunctive mood it’s
more formal, basically however if you just say “if I was…”, “if he
she it was…” It’s more common, and that’s what you hear more often Basically, in a test use subjunctive mood, it’s more correct In real life its more common that we use “If I was…” “if
he/she/it was…” So Okay, back to Norway! Okay I’m imagining… I’d be thinking You know it’s really cold here! and now I want to be some place hot Where am I?! This is too hot! This is like the desert! No! okay imagine a different place Yep this is exactly what I wanted! We’re on a beach! Yeah we are! Second Conditional??? Yep, Second Conditional! Righto Now we’re ready for the beach! Well except one thing What? If we were on a beach, We’d have some beer Beer? Beer! So if we were on a beach, and we had
beer We’d get drunk! Cheers! So just remember: The form “if” plus a past verb just means “an imaginary situation” Happening now or in the future Now you know the second conditional, time for a test