I have had hundreds of students ask about how to use the conditional grammar. Well, it really is not as hard as you think. This blog is the 3rd part of a series of 3 blogs which cover the 1st, 2nd and 3rd conditional.
Let’s look at what makes the 3rd conditional grammar!
Third Conditional: no possibility
With the third conditional we talk about the past. We talked about a condition in the past that did not happen. That is why there is no possibility for this condition. The third conditional is like a dream, usually going back in time to change something.
So what is the structure of the 3rd conditional?
If + had + past participle 3rd form + would/could + verb
If + had + past participle 3rd form + would/could + have + past participle 3rd form
If I had been born in Spain, I would speak Spanish perfectly.
I would have spoken Spanish perfectly, if I had been born in Spain.
If I had gotten paid more, I would have bought a nicer car.
My last thoughts:
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