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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which conditional do we often use to give advice?

What is the correct structure for the third conditional?

Which conditional is the most appropriate for the following situation?
"I got fired because I was late."

If I were a young man, I _______ _______ able to walk faster.

If I _______ ________ Alexandra at the play, I would have cried.

If Wesley was a girl, I _______ _______ the show better.


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161 Comments on “Conditionals – second & third conditionals (English Grammar)”


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I do appreciate my scores in quiz despite I didn’t watch video lesson. But next time as I promise I will be doing better than what I do today. I will not be forget to give warmly thank to teacher Ronnie, she is very good teacher with her little funny so I like her lesson the most, just keep it up God bless your high excellency to do more, I am from South Sudan but I live Cairo, Egypt

Friday, May 25th 2012

6/6 thank you Jon.

Friday, May 25th 2012

thanks too much

Friday, May 25th 2012

6/6 Thanks for your effort.

Friday, May 25th 2012

thank you. that’s fascinating – now I am studying the conditionals with my teacher and this lesson was very useful to me.I was not so good at guiz. nevertheless it helps.

Friday, May 25th 2012

I did the little quiz and got 6 outta 6
thanks, man

Friday, May 25th 2012

yeaaah !!! 6/6 , thank you very much , i am being able to use the right structure on the right place now !!!

Friday, May 25th 2012

If I had a million dollars, I’d rent a castle in Scotland and organise the biggest party never seen in the world.
Of course, Jon & Ronnie would be the guest star of it !

Friday, May 25th 2012

You gave examle “If I had a million dollars, I’d give most you”

Why is the wrong that “If + subject + simple past,
subject + would/might/could + present tense”

Friday, May 25th 2012

    Hi Gokmen, I hope I can help you: “If I had a million dollars, I’d give most you” = “If+sbj+s.past,sbj+wld/mgt/cld+p.simple” ; This answer is correct for that exemple, but the question was about the correct form of the third conditional, which is “If + subject + past perfect, subject + would/might/could + present perfect”. The other form of conditional, which you mentioned is called “mixed conditional” and you can use it to say that if sth in past had been different, the present would be different. See ya!

    Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Thank you for your time Jon.

Saturday, May 26th 2012

not too bad, only one is wrong ;;)

Saturday, May 26th 2012

pretty nice freaking lesson Jon. if I had a million dollars, I’d travel to Brizil 4 a year n’ Jon will be my partner to drink that way I would learn English once and for all. lol.

Saturday, May 26th 2012

i hate this kind of Grammar
thanks jon

Saturday, May 26th 2012

Great lesson Jon.I got 3/6 but I think that is not bad cause I have not studied conditionals for years…..well just need to study harder.Thanks

Saturday, May 26th 2012

Thanks jonny ! 6/6 lo0o0o0ve engvid.com

Saturday, May 26th 2012

You’ve asked me in the last moment of the vedio what would I do if I had a m dollar ?! the answer is I would give most to you, how about that ( hhh )

Saturday, May 26th 2012

Thank you so much and regards

Saturday, May 26th 2012

Tnx Mr Jon

Sunday, May 27th 2012

Hey John,
Thanks for the lesson. I don’t hear if structure in my daily converstion with people or while listening to radio that much,do people don’t say the “if ” word ?I mean is it possible to make an if structure without saying “if”.

Sunday, May 27th 2012

fantastic
really it’s a wonderful lesson
thank you very much Jon

Sunday, May 27th 2012

6/6
But isn’t the second conditional structure past simple/ would+infinitive ? If I were a young man, I WOUL BE able….

Sunday, May 27th 2012

6/6
But isn’t the second conditional structure Past Simple/Would+Infinitive? If I were a young man, I WOULD BE able…
Thanks

Sunday, May 27th 2012

Thank you Jon

Sunday, May 27th 2012

Good job. I would have liked it better, if you had written the sentence structure formula under the examples. However, I really appreciate the lesson on conditionals. I have been looking for help on understanding them.

Sunday, May 27th 2012

6/6 I didn’t watch the video and I’m not an advanced student, so I’m very happy for my results !!

Sunday, May 27th 2012

TY a lot. Is really useful.

Sunday, May 27th 2012

Great teaching! Thank you!

Monday, May 28th 2012

so thanks for your important grammar..

Monday, May 28th 2012

this lesson was very benefit for me.. good luck

Monday, May 28th 2012

thanks for yours lesson guys

Monday, May 28th 2012

hahaha awesome

Monday, May 28th 2012

thanks for the lesson, it was very good and important.
thanks teacher

Monday, May 28th 2012

Wow this is cool i like this very much. these lessons are very usefule.
Thenks

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

Iam here to thank engvid especially teachers Iam improoving my english and how to use prepositions exactly thank u

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

thanks jon! for the nice lesson.can you teach me how to use on,in,at in the sentence? im just confuse.thanks a kjot I’m always watching engvid.

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

6 correct answers!
Thanks a lot John :-)

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

hey jon how are you doing you’re a very good teacher please can you write the structure of the 1 and 2 and 3 conditionals and also i want to ask a question you said that when we want to give a dvice we always write or say if I were not if I was ???

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

    Conditional Structures:

    Zero:
    if + subject + simple present verb + , + subject + simple present verb

    First:
    if + subject + simple present + , + subject + will + base verb

    Second:
    if + subject + simple past verb* + , + subject + would + verb
    Note: in the case of verb BE. whatever, the subject, the verb form is ‘were’ not was.

    Third:
    if + subject + past perfect verb* + , + subject + would Or could Or might + have + past participle.

    cheers,
    Mursaleen

    Tuesday, May 29th 2012

      Thanx alot Mursaleen ^_^

      Thursday, July 10th 2014

      thanks dear friend

      Sunday, August 3rd 2014

Great ! Thank you Jon and you too Ronnie ! If I had one million dollars ( or more : I am allowed to dream ! ), I’d leave France and go to live in America ( I think it would be Hollywood ) and I would meet lots of celebrities. But I bet it will never arrive !!!

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

I had 5/6 but I’ve understood everything. Thanks again.

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

I did not watch the video, i just answer the question directly..thanks for the quiz it might help for someone like me. i hope more questions in the future..

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

Watching the video helped me a lot. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

hi jon, i have 6/6 in this exercise, but now i have some douth about the exercise that apear no exames, the name of exercise is like the use of english word formation, could you have some lesson about word formation when sould i used to: ous, ful, ness, al ic e,t.c

Wednesday, May 30th 2012

Thank you Sir. Your method of teaching is excellent. All the videos on this site have helped me a lot to improve my English. By watching them, I was able to learn something new. I think, for the first time I’ve come across this kind of video lessons on the Internet. These lessons are useful to everyone who is interested in learning English.

-I’m Gamini from Sri Lanka

Thursday, May 31st 2012

thanks teacher

Thursday, May 31st 2012

6 correct answers!
Thanks a lot John so much ;)

Friday, June 1st 2012

Thanks for all the videos. But I think the videos are too short.

Friday, June 1st 2012

wow, 6 of 6 It’s ok, I hope don’t forget it…Thanks for the video Jon.

Friday, June 1st 2012

Thank you teacher Jon.Your lesson can help me a lot.I will following your video everyday.

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

Thank you for a great video! Very educational and interesting. But I wish I could learn something about mixed conditional sentences, because I think it’s the most difficult) Thank you

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

Could you create a lesson about MIXED Conditionals, please?

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

I really appreciate all of your lessons and they are plenty of worth to take. I’m very fond of all the teachers here and talk to my friends about this terrific http://www.engvid.com!!! :)

Monday, June 4th 2012

i like this grammar it is interesting i need to learn it by heart or else i will not get a good english

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Thanks a lot,I got high score. Fantastic job.

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Good explanation. thanks

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

soryy i dont realyy inderstand because in condition 2 as i know we do the simple past not the past perfect the first example is conditional 2 and you do had why ?? :(

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

Hi Mr.Jon .. I liked the video a lot .. but there’s a question I want you to answer it please .. I wanna speak English Fluently in about a month or less .. and when I read A book , I wanna To read it quickly .. Please Mr.Jon .. How Can I Achieve this .. I will wait your reply .. Thanks For reading ..

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

If I had amillion dollars, I’d bay a beateful car just for you
Thanks so
You are the man ..

Thursday, June 7th 2012

although i read this thing before, i did not understand know i got it , if i had a million dollars , i would buy own island.

Saturday, June 9th 2012

thank you so much

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

you make it easy jon,thanx alot :D

Friday, June 15th 2012

Hi, Jon.Could you tell me please what is the correct answer in the following sentence: “Everything (be)____________ spotless by the time they get here.”(future simple or future perfect and why)?

Thank you in advance.
Best regards.

Tuesday, June 19th 2012

The way you guys teaching its really amazing and great.
thanks jon and ronny

Friday, June 22nd 2012

hi: i did it again!! i’m so glad, my result shows that i’m learning…thanks byeee everyone *_*

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

Great lesson! I got 6/6, but I don’t know whether I’ll be able to use it correctly in my conversation or not :)

Wednesday, July 11th 2012

thank you so much

Monday, July 16th 2012

thank you very much Jon

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Thank you!!

Thursday, July 19th 2012

4 out of 6. I think the test easy with out looking to the video

Thursday, July 26th 2012

Thanh you a lot.

Thursday, August 2nd 2012

Now, I can understand those conditionals. thanks.

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

good job jon!!!!!!!!
i like!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 10th 2012

4/6

Friday, August 10th 2012

Jon, thanks a lot. Great Job again.

Sunday, August 12th 2012

Thank you so mucj Jon :)

Wednesday, August 15th 2012

Thanks teacher Jon <3

Sunday, August 19th 2012

thank you so much ,what is the defrent betwen the word(had ) in the first sentence and (had)in the second sentense.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012

Thanks a lot

Sunday, September 9th 2012

Great video! Greetings!

Thursday, September 13th 2012

Tks, Jennifer!
I loved your class.
Cheers,
X

Friday, September 14th 2012

Fantastic result! 6/6…after years of mistakes with conditional :-)

Saturday, September 15th 2012

5/6
Thank you!

Sunday, September 16th 2012

I really don’t uderstand the last question of the quiz : “If Wesley WAS a girl, I _______ _______ the show better.” I think it is ” If Wesley WERE a girl” ??? Because it is an unreal/imaginary situation !!! Please help me ! And thank you for this great lesson ! :)

Monday, September 17th 2012

    Hi there! Some question here. I think you are right. As is an imaginary situation he should have used “were” instead.

    Sunday, May 5th 2013

6/6 unbelievable John!. Some thing mistake on me 555!!!!.

Saturday, September 22nd 2012

6/6 .. awesome !
thak you <3

Friday, September 28th 2012

Thank you Jon 5/6 :)

Sunday, September 30th 2012

thanks Jon. I really like your teaching.I got 100 score of the quiz.

Friday, October 5th 2012

thank,s so much Jon I got 6

Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Thanks! Now, I learned.

Saturday, October 13th 2012

very interesting jon. Thanks foryour time

Saturday, October 13th 2012

I got 6/6. thanks

Friday, October 26th 2012

I got 5 ^^

Sunday, October 28th 2012

Well, sorry again but “I would give” isn´t WOULD and present tense. It´s WOULD and PRESENT INFINITIVE, which makes the form of PRESENT CONDITIONAL. “I would have passed” isn´t WOULD and present perfect. It´s WOULD and PAST INFINITIVE, which makes the form of PAST CONDITIONAL. Past infinitives are made: Have + past participle and they are used mainly in perfect tenses, past conditionals and with modal verbs…. Soooooooory, if you say “would and present tense”, you can expect that some of students could use it i.e. this way: He would gives (!)……

Thursday, November 1st 2012

Generally, I think conditionals are one of the most difficult part of English Grammar for foreign students. I found it very hard to be explained as although past conditionals do exist in other languages, the situations expressed by the 3rd conditionals in English can be said by simpler ways in students’ mother language and that’s why past conditionals are not used frequently. It’s not for beginners for sure. And I have not mentioned mixes, which are extremely difficult even for university students.
Anyway, I enjoy your site and admire your effort and I have used many videos of yours during my lessons. Hope you won´t be upset with me if I disagree with you from time to time, :))))). Go on, guys!

Thursday, November 1st 2012

Thank you for the lesson about 2nd and 3rd conditional.

Friday, November 2nd 2012

6/6

Tuesday, November 6th 2012

hello jennifer :p

Tuesday, November 13th 2012

Thank you so much, Teacher)))

Monday, November 19th 2012

6/6. Thank you so much.

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Hello Mr Jon .I am from Vietnam. I have just joined your lesson and I liked it very much because it is short, and it is easy to understand. You are a humorous teacher, If I had a million dollars, I would change it into Vietnamese dong , Okay?

Sunday, November 25th 2012

    That’s a lot of dong!

    Monday, November 26th 2012

6/6 thank you and chokran in arabic

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

this video is very helpful for me.. thank you so much..

Friday, January 4th 2013

Hi, thanks Mr. Jon :)
Now I am seriously mixed up because of your lesson :/
Is it okay to use present perfect in one sentence, two clauses ? For example, ” he could not HAVE stayed this long unless something evil has happened to him” . Or shall we say ” he could not HAD stayed this long unless something evil has happened to him.”? If they are both correct, what is the difference? I hope you got me!
I must beg of you to please answer me, it may sound stupid to you though! X_X
Thanks in advane :)

Saturday, January 5th 2013

Hi everybody!!!
I have to notice that all of ENGVID’s teacher do very important things for all of us.
And I would like to say big “THANKS” for all of them.

Now i’m talking to you Jon!
Thanks for interesting and useful lesson! And thank you a lot for your effort that you have been doing.
You know, Albert Einstein once said: “Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value”!!!
But you don’t have to try anymore. You already became a man of value. Just look at all your LIKEs that you already got (and comments).
My best regards JON.
Goodbye.

Now I want to talk to the English-studying audience a little bit.
Well…
I’m from Ukraine, and i do study English us you do.
But the point is my speaking skills kind of looooow, because I don’t have the opportunity to improve it:(
The cause is, in Ukraine we do not have a lot of English-speaking foreigners, so I cannot communicate with them.
Whatever…
I want to and I have to improve my English (especially my speaking)!

I’m talking to somebody who got the same problem or just want to communicate and have some fun.
So if you want to help me (and yourself), i will be happy.
I suggest you to communicate with me over Skype.
I’m looking for a person with Intermediate or Advanced English-speaking skills from all over the world.

My Skype ID – jevgeniikyrychyk, my name is Ievhenii Kyrychyk (you can call me just Zhenia, like Jack).

I prefer to speak with girls, sorry guys – i’m just joking :).
Thanks for reading this, hope we’ll contact soon.
P.S.
Let’s take advantage fellow, let’s take advantage:)!
Bye.

Tuesday, January 8th 2013

    I’m from Ukraine, and i do study English us you do (as). You misspelled word “AS”.

    Friday, February 8th 2013

thanks Jon awesome lesson

Tuesday, January 8th 2013

gr8 lesson.. I got 6/6

Saturday, February 2nd 2013

5 correct out of 6 – Thomas from Poland thx

Wednesday, February 6th 2013

i got 6\6 :D ! ^_^

Thursday, February 14th 2013

you guys are doing a great job. But I think it’s better for you to use another type of board. It’s kinda hard to see what’s on it.

Saturday, February 23rd 2013

6. If Wesley was a girl, I _______ _______ the show better.

This question is wrong, please correct.
Correct grammar in this case is “If Wesley were a girl”…

Monday, February 25th 2013

Hi john, I want to said thank you for this website, I quick regular school because I attendent some classes in colleges.
How I improved my writting , if possible you

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

6/5 :/

Thursday, March 7th 2013

Great site to learn??
Please practice with me on facebook
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Tuesday, March 12th 2013

It is incredible!! I thought that I had a lot of problems with those subjects but it’s easier than i thought Thanks x3!

Wednesday, March 13th 2013

thanks , i really enjoyed watching the video <3

Monday, March 25th 2013

Nice video. Thanks the Engvid team for the vídeos. They are help me to improve my english.

Sunday, March 31st 2013

Thanks so much.

Wednesday, April 10th 2013

Thank u very much
Of I had à million $, I would support this grateful web site

Tuesday, April 16th 2013

6/6 Thanks!

Thursday, May 2nd 2013

I’am stil confused ! :(

Friday, May 10th 2013

6/6 thanks so much. now I finally understand conditionals :-)

Saturday, May 11th 2013

I got it. Thanks for your lesson!

Friday, May 24th 2013

is there someone who can help me

Monday, May 27th 2013

Thanks for letting me know Jon!

Tuesday, May 28th 2013

Thanks, Its great!

Saturday, June 1st 2013

An explanation about MIXED CONDITIONAL ¡¡ Please

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Jon, please, why in the question 6, is not, like you explain in your video class “If Wesley was a girl…”?
Tks

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

Thanks a lot for this lesson teacher, It was grate and so useful, before this lesson I was so confused about conditionals, thank you so much.

Sunday, July 28th 2013

thank you Mr Jon!

Monday, July 29th 2013

The argument is a bit difficult. Of course I think that practice (oral, spoken and written) is essential. Thank you Mr Jon for the lesson

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Thank you so much Jon. It was a wonderful lesson as always.

Greetins

Wednesday, August 28th 2013

thanks teacher Ronnie Im getting this lesson!

Tuesday, September 17th 2013

hi teacher
is this statement correct?
“if we were not sick we would have come to the party” thanks.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

6/6 :) thank you

Sunday, October 20th 2013

I want to ask about would near IF because I heard that in realle really polite sentences we an use would, ady I wonder why?

Monday, November 18th 2013

Hi everyone, just i would like to know, If i say(( would you mind if i opened the door ))) Is that right or wrong ? please, tell me

Friday, December 6th 2013

    You’re absolutely right!

    Saturday, December 7th 2013

      would you please, tell me why can I use the past tens instead of present.

      Saturday, December 7th 2013

      Thanks a lot,

      Saturday, December 7th 2013

Thank you !!! Very useful video and easy to get it. I had a confusion before, now it is clear for me

Sunday, December 8th 2013

thank you Jon. This lesson is very important

Friday, December 13th 2013

6/6, great and thank you Jon.
If I had become at school an english teacher like you, I would have spoke this language like my mother tongue.
… hope this is correct…

Sunday, January 12th 2014

It’s a treasure this lesson!

Saturday, February 8th 2014

Thanks Jon I got 100%.

Saturday, February 22nd 2014

Hello! Please tell me can we use “should” instead of “would” in conditional 2nd and 3rd? And why? Thank you in advance.

Thursday, April 3rd 2014

I got it! ;)

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

very useful lesson……thanks mentor.

Saturday, May 17th 2014

Thank you very much!!!!

Saturday, May 17th 2014

Thank you very much.

Thursday, July 10th 2014

Thanks Jon!

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

Thanks Jon!

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

I didn’t got full mark 6/6 by seeing your video 2 times.Y

Sunday, July 27th 2014

Thank you John!

Wednesday, July 30th 2014

I got 83 %. Thanks Jon.

Monday, August 11th 2014
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