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Simplifying the rules for (all) Conditionals

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by Insights to English | 08 Mar 2018
Resource Description: a video on how to teach Conditionals in a way that makes it easier for students to remember
Audience: Elementary, Secondary, Adult, Teacher Training
Audience Language Proficiency: Intermediate
Teaching Tip:

When you've got zero, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and mixed conditionals, each with their own set of rules for both usage and form, it can be difficult to keep it all straight.  Why not instead teach the patterns found for all conditional types?

There are two things to remember:

  1. For the condition clause, backshift the verb.  In other words, the form of the verb should be 'more past' than its meaning.
  2. For the results clause, add a modal (like wouldcould, might, etc.) before the main verb if the usage is unreal, but not if it's real.

Zero Conditional is real, while 2nd and 3rd Conditionals are unreal.

 Watch the video to get all the details.