UNREAL OR HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS
Mabel lives in a city, but she imagines how
she would feel about living in the country. Let's read what this woman says:
I'd get very bored if I lived in the country all the time. I'd miss the stimulus
of city life. But if I lived somewhere that was within easy reach of the city,
I'd be quite happy living in the country.
These are unreal or hypothetical conditional sentences.
You use this kind of
conditional sentence to talk about imaginary situations in the present or
future, or things that could happen but probably will not happen:
If I were very
rich, I would have one house in the country and another in the city, and a third
on a tropical island !!
If + past simple
would / 'd + infinitive
Please, remember these 3 basic rules:
In the conditional clause, you usually use either was or were with
I, he, she or it:
If I were rich ...
If I was rich ...
But you usually use were in the expression If I were
If I were you, I'd look for a
cheaper flat in the suburbs.
You may also use 'could' or 'might' instead of 'would' in the main clause,
depending on the meaning:
You could live with me if you paid half the rent.
had $1,000,000, I might buy that
fantastic flat in Buenos Aires.