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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Conditionals

 
 

Examples sentences using the conditional:

Conditional Sentence

Cause

Effect

Explanation

If I am hungry, I eat.

I am hungry

I eat

Every time I am hungry I eat. This is always true. (100% possibility = zero conditional)

If I am hungry, I will eat.

I am hungry

I will eat

I am not hungry now. It is possible that I will be hungry in the future. If that happens, I will eat. (90% possibility = first conditional)

If I were hungry, I would eat.

If I were hungry

I would eat.

I am not hungry now. It is possible that I will be hungry in the future. If that happens, I will eat. (50% possibility = second conditional)

If I had been hungry, I would have eaten.

If I had been hungry

I would have eaten

I was not hungry. I did not eat. (100% impossible = third conditional)

If I am tired, I go to bed.

I am tired

I go to bed

Every time I am tired I go to bed. This is always true. (100% possibility = zero conditional)

If I am tired, I will go to bed.

I am tired

I will go to bed

I am not tired now. It is possible that I will be tired in the future. (90% possibility = first conditional)

If I were tired, I would go to bed.

If I were tired

I would go to bed

I am not tired. It is possible that I will be tired in the future. If that happens, I will go to bed. (50% possibility = second conditional)

If I had been tired, I would have gone to bed.

If I had been tired

I would have gone to bed.

I was not tired. I did not go to bed. (100% impossible = third conditional)