The Second Conditional

Hi. Here’s the promised video about the second conditional!

I hope this video will help you to understand how to form the second conditional, when to use it and what the difference between the first and the second conditionals are. If you’ve enjoyed the video why not leave me a post on this blog? I would love to hear from you!

28 thoughts on “The Second Conditional

    • Very nice example 🙂 Remember: You don’t use a comma if you start with the main-clause.

  1. I think the video is clear about the diference between first and second condicional.
    My examples are: second condicional: I would travelled to China, if I had enough money.
    First Condicional: If I need your help I will call you


    • Thanks Vanesa! Good sentences, just remember to use the infinitive after ‘would’, e.g. ‘would travel to China’.

  2. hi billie, this blog is great, thank you!

    If I studied hard, I would learn more english.

  3. e.g. If I were in New York, I would go visit the Liberty Statue.

    Your blog is amazing! xxx

    • Thank you Fernanda. I’m glad you like my blog 🙂 Your sentence is good, just leave out ‘go’ and make it ‘…I would visit the Statue of Liberty.’

  4. Hi Billie!! goodmorning!! sorry, i forgot it yesterday…
    If I were in Malaga, I would go to the beach now.
    See us in the class! bye!

  5. I would have bought you a present if you deserved it. << sounds horrible but I guess it's grammatically correct.

    If I were you, I'd watch my language next time. << in reply to the above.

    • … very creative indeed! Just change ‘would have bought’ into ‘would buy’ otherwise it’s a mix between 2nd and 3rd conditional (which is also grammatically correct and possible).

  6. – I’d make cakes more often, if I had more time.
    – If it was possible we’d go to the gym everyday.

  7. If I had time , I would send more emails to my friends.
    I could visit my cousin if I had enough money.

  8. If I was yonger, I would study other degree
    I would travel to Australia if I could do it.

    • Good! Did you mean to post it in the 3rd conditional section? This is a third conditional, speaking about a situation in the past which you can’t change anymore. Just change ‘send them’ into ‘send it’ (homework is singular).

  9. Hi Billie! Sorry about my delayed reply.
    Here you are several examples of the first and second conditional. I hope these are good.

    – If I had more money, I would go to Spain every month.
    – I will go to Spain if I have more free time.

    – We would go to the dinner party if we finished the meeting on time.
    – If we finish the meeting late, we won’t go to the dinner party so we will have dinner at home.

    By the way, your blog is very interesting. Well done!!
    Raul and me are making a blog to teach Spanish and I hope someday this will become so good as yours.

    • Hi Sonia! Thank you for your comment on my blog. I’m glad you like it, hopefully it will help you to learn more English. Your sentences are very good 🙂 The third sentence sounds probably better using the first conditional here (e.g. We will go to the dinner party if we finish the meeting on time.) Send me the link to your blog, I’d love to practise some Spanish!

      • Hi Billie! Morning.

        I’m sorry but my blog has only just started. There aren’t educational materials yet. When this has some materials, I will send you the link. Thank you for your interest.

        Bye! See you later.

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