Present unreal conditionals
Present unreal conditionals indicate a situation which is only imagined or in some-one's mind. For instance:
I wish I had a pony.
If I had a pony, I would ride it every day.
|(I don’t really have a pony.)
(I imagine what I would do.)
To form present unreal conditionals, use past tense in the if clause and would + verb in the main clause.
A: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
B: If I had a million dollars, I would invest it in the stock market.
A: What would you do if you didn’t have to come to school today?
B: If I didn’t have to come to school, I would go to the amusement park.
For present unreal conditionals
, it is common to use were
in place of all forms of “be” in the if
clause (regardless of the subject).
If I were you, I would get a lawyer.
If I were a lawyer, I would not charge you.
If she were a lawyer, Sheila would be rich.
can be used in place of would
in the main clause:
If I had more free time, I could travel around the world.
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