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Type '3' conditional sentence

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1. Form

In a Type 3 conditional sentence, the tense in the ‘if’ clause is the past perfect, and the tense in the main clause is the perfect conditional:

‘IF’ CLAUSE MAIN CLAUSE
If + past perfect
If it had rained
If you had worked harder
Perfect conditional
you would have got wet
you would have passed the exam.

Perfect conditional – form

The perfect conditional of any verb is composed of two elements: would + the perfect infinitive of the main verb (=have + past participle):

Subject would perfect infinitive
He
They
would
would
have gone…
have stayed…
Affirmative
I would have believed …
Negative
She wouldn’t have given…
Interrogative
Would you have left…?
Interrogative negative
Wouldn’t he have been…?

Example: to go, Past conditional

Affirmative Negative Interrogative
I would have gone I wouldn’t have gone Would I have gone?
You would have gone You wouldn’t have gone Would you have gone?
He would have gone She wouldn’t have gone Would it have gone?
We would have gone We wouldn’t have gone Would we have gone?
You would have gone You wouldn’t have gone Would you have gone?
They would have gone They wouldn’t have gone Would they have gone?

In these sentences, the time is past, and the situation is contrary to reality. The facts they are based on are the opposite of what is expressed.

Type 3 conditional sentences, are truly hypothetical or unreal, because it is now too late for the condition or its result to exist. There is always an unspoken “but…” phrase:

  • If I had worked harder I would have passed the exam
    (
    but I didn’t work hard, and I didn’t pass the exam).
  • If I’d known you were coming I’d have baked a cake
    (
    but I didn’t know, and I haven’t baked a cake).

NOTE: Both would and had can be contracted to ‘d, which can be confusing. Remember that you NEVER use would in the IF-clause, so in the example above, “If I’d known” must be If I had known“, and I’d have baked” must be I would have baked..”

Examples:

a. If I’d known you were in hospital, I would have visited you.
b. I would have bought you a present if I’d known it was your birthday.
c. If they’d had a better goalkeeper they wouldn’t have lost the game.
d. If you had told me you were on the Internet, I’d have sent you an e-mail.
e. Would you have bought an elephant if you’d known how much they eat?

have have would have have stayed
Affirmative
I
unspoken elephant perfect
If
past always been
Example
have sentences bought would would would know have you have gone
We
coming example cake
were what reality gone
You
gone clause expressed

Type wouldnt form

The have known Would would perfect Would rained
If
verb baked
Examples

a Would Would have they Would facts Remember conditional
Affirmative
past given
Interrogative
Would
Form

In tense past main would
Negative
She
Would They Perfect have late NEVER gone
They
sentences birthday
c
conditional
you
gone that confusing perfect situation tense sent gone have based much Would have harder which conditional have would visited your time goalkeeper didnt told contracted known known conditional would known hard have perfect result would infinitive
He
They
perfect cake

NOTE havent they CLAUSE would elements have perfect Past have participle
Subject
known exam
would above gone

In would were must Interrogative
I

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