Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 92 – Speaking Task – The Present Unreal Conditional

Welcome back to another speaking task, everyone! Today I’ll be talking about the unreal conditional in a story-type way! I’ve done this before in grammar form, but now let’s get into it with the speaking version. You can use this to talk about something that is imagined, impossible, or “contrary” to fact.

FormExample
If clauses (past tense) +
result
clause (would +
infinitive)
If a stranger saw that my
children needed help, he would help
them.
With the verb be, use were for all subjectsIf I were a disaster victim, I’d
be grateful to receive help from others. If he weren’t busy, he would help
me.
Might and could + base form
can be used to express a
possible result.
If they planted trees, they could keep
the building cooler.
If they used more wood or
bamboo, they might reduce
their costs.
Questions forms are made by putting the words in the main clause
in question word order.
If you had the opportunity, would
you
live in a green building?

Speaking Task

  1. If you had more free time, how would you spend it?
  2. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
  3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  4. If you could meet an important person, who would it be?

Podcast

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