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Anna Lee  from South Korea: 'My name is very special - my parents gave me an English name'... Anna studies at Bloomsbury International

Second conditional
In this programme we look at the second conditional - a way of talking about impossible or unlikely events or situations.

Our challenger is Anna Lee from South Korea. We ask Anna to imagine that she could meet anyone in the world... who will she say she'd like to meet?

In the programme Anna is also asked to say these sounds:



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Find out more
To talk about an impossible or improbable situation, we can use if and the past simple together with would and the infinitive:

Positive and Negative:

If

Past simple

Would / wouldn't

Infinitive (without to)

If

you lost your passport

it would

take ages to get another one.

If

it cost me a fortune

I wouldn't

be able to take you on holiday again.


Question:

If

Past simple

Would / wouldn't

Infinitive (without to)

If

it cost me a fortune

would I

be able to take you on holiday again?

If

I couldn't take you on holiday

wouldn't we

save a lot of money?



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