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How to Use Conditionals in Everyday Spoken English

Video Overview

Conditionals deal with situations and their possible or intended outcomes. They are complex structures in English that contain two clauses made up of a condition and the result if and when that condition is true. Zero, first, second, and third conditionals are useful to say how true or likely or possible something is. Mixed conditionals deal with mixed time-frames and likelihoods combined in one sentence. This story shows how we can use conditionals to talk about how likely things are in the future and how things might have been different.

Video Analysis

This is the story of Emily, who is a famous singer. She has come to a TV station to be interviewed by the host. He asks how her life was in the past and how things might be different for Emily if conditions in her past, present and future were different. This story is used to put each of the different conditionals into a real-life context to show how they work and to compare their meanings. You might use this story to see how many conditionals and what types you can identify, to revise your study on conditionals or to study conditionals in the context of a story.


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