Third Conditional Examples and How to Use It

Third conditional examples

In this video lesson, I will show you some third conditional examples so that you can better understand how to use it.

At the end of the video, I have a question for you so that you can practice.

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Third Conditional: Examples and How to Use It

In the example I gave, I said the following:

“If that guy had given me the correct directions, then I wouldn’t have met my wife.”

(Note: the clip was taken from this video.)

We use the third conditional to talk about hypothetical or unreal situations in the past. The guy didn’t give me the correct directions and I did meet my wife. The sentence gives us a hypothetical outcome based on a hypothetical situation in the past.

Here are more examples:

  • I would have gone if you had told me.
  • If I had more time*, I would have finished it.
  • I would have been so angry if he had said that to me.

* Notice that I used I had and not I had had. In this case, it usually shortens to the past simple. But you might see had had in written English.

The Difference Between the Second and Third Conditionals

In the second conditional, we are talking about hypothetical situations in the present.

Here is an example of the second conditional:

  • If I had more money, I would buy that fancy car.

What to Do Now:

1. Answer the following question: What would you have done in my situation? (I found $200 in a wallet).
2.
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