English Grammar Exercises for A2 – Second conditional

1. Match the sentence halves.

1 If there was a flood in this city,

2 She wouldn’t sing with the band

3 People wouldn’t drop litter on the pavement

4 If the tickets were cheaper,

5 If school football team played Chelsea,

6 We wouldn’t use our car so much

a if there were more rubbish bins in town.

b we’d all have to leave our homes.

they’d lose.

d if the guitarist wasn’t her husband.

e if we lived in town.

I’d go to more rock concerts.

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1 b   2 d   3 a   4 f   5 c   6 e

2. Complete the second conditional sentences with the verbs in brackets.

1 It ________ (not be) fair if I ________ (eat) both pizzas.

2 If houses ________ (be) stronger, earthquakes ________ (not kill) so many people.

3 If I ________ (have) more money, I ________ (lend) you some.

4 What ________ (you / do) if I ________ (forget) your birthday?

5 I ________ (go) to nightclubs more often if I ________ (can) dance better.

6 _____ (you / be) angry if I ________ (break) your tennis racket?

7 If we ________ (not live) in the country, it ________ (be) easier to get a taxi.

8 I ________ (not be) surprised if she ________ (go) to Harvard University.

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1 wouldn’t be, ate   2 were, wouldn’t kill   3 had, ‘d lend

4 would you do, forgot   5 ‘d go, could   6 Would you be, broke

7 didn’t live, would be   8 wouldn’t be, went

Challenge!

Choose three of the adjectives below. Write three more second conditional sentences like the example.

amazed     angry     confused     embarrassed

excited     frightened     sad

     I’d be amazed if I saw an alien.

1   I’d be ________ if _____________

2   I’d be ________ if _____________

3   I’d be ________ if _____________

3. Complete the questions in the questionnaire. Then choose your answers.

What would you do ___

if you __saw__ (see) a ghost?

run away  scream  take a photo

if you ________ (meet) a film star?

run away  scream  take a photo

if you ________ (have) a headache at school?

go home  take medicine  tell the teacher

if you ________ (lose) your mobile phone?

buy a new one  borrow one  do without one

if you ________ (fall) off your chair in class?

laugh  feel embarrassed  say sorry

if you ________ (win) £5 million?

spend it  save it  give it away

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2 met   3 had   4 lost   5 fell   6 won

Students’ own answers

4. Now write your answers to the questionnaire in exercise 3 as second conditional sentences.

1 If I saw a ghost, I’d ___

2 _____

3 _____

4 _____

5 _____

6 _____

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5. Underline the mistakes in the second conditional sentences and write the correct words below.

What would you do if you would fail your exams?

     __failed__

If I were your neighbour, we can walk to school together.

 ________.

Did you visit the museum if you didn’t have to pay?

 ________.

If I were you, I won’t be late for the meeting.

 ________.

Would she come to the party if we would send her an invitation?

 ________.

How would you get to school if there be no school bus?

 ________.

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can -> could

Did -> Would

won’t -> wouldn’t

would send -> sent

be -> were

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