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Learn how to use the Third Conditional.
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In this online English lesson we will explain what is the third conditional and how to use it.
Before we do that, look at what conditionals are and why we use them.
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There are four conditionals in English, the zero, first, second, and third.
Each conditional links an action and a result.
Some of the actions can be real and possible and some of the actions can be fantasy.
Some the results can be real and possible and some of the results can be fantasy.
Types of combination;
Is the reason we have different conditionals.
In American English conditionals are called “if clauses”.
This post we explain the zero conditional.
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What is the third conditional?
We use the third conditional when we talk about an unreal past situation with a real result.
Unreal past situation = Had won the lottery
Real result = Would have bought a boat
To express this situation in English, we use the third conditional.
If I had have won the lottery, I would have buy a boat.
Construction of the third conditional.
The unreal part of the conditional uses if + the past perfect, and the real part of the conditional uses would have + past participle.
If I had seen John, I would have told him.
If it had snowed yesterday, would you have made a snowman?
The teacher would have been upset, if they hadn’t passed the exam.
Written: Feargal Coffey – email@example.com
Date: 17th August 2018