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How to use the Third Conditional


How to use the Third Conditional



Hi Guys!

Today we are going to be taking a look at the third conditional. The third conditional is a bit more difficult than 0,1st and 2nd however it will go a long way in making you sound more like a native.

So When do we use the Third Conditional?

Normally we us the Third Conditional to talk about the consequences of a real life or hypothetical situation in the past. We often use the Third Conditional to talk about past regrets 

For example: 

  • If I had studied harder, I would have passed the exam.
So this example talks about a hypothetical situation different from reality where the speaker had studied harder for the exam. The result of this hypothetical action would be the speaker passing the exam. 

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So how do we use the Third Conditional?

So essentially, to create a sentence in the third conditional we use If + past perfect, would/wouldn’t have + past participle

So for example

  • If you had told me about the party, I would have come.

Like other conditionals, you can also invert the structure making it:

  • I would have come if you would have told me about the party. 

Another thing to note is that I would is normally contracted to I’d and you would to you’d by native speakers so:

  • I’d have come if you’d have told me about the party.

I hope that you this post was helpful. If you have any questions leave a comment below!

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