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Second Conditional Progressive

The second conditional progressive expresses an unfinished or continuing action or situation, which is the probable result of an unreal condition. This form is composed of two elements: the present conditional of the verb "to be" (would be) + the present participle of the main verb.

For example, "I would be working in Italy if I spoke Italian." But I don't speak Italian, so I'm not working in Italy. Or "She would be living with Jack if she weren't living with her parents." But she is living with her parents, so she's not living with Jack.

To form the negative, change would to wouldn't or would not. For example, "I wouldn't be eating this if I wasn't extremely hungry." But I am hungry, so I am eating this. Or "You wouldn't be smiling if you knew what happened." But you are smiling, so you don't know what happened.

Second Conditional Progressive Grammar Quiz

  1. I living on my own if I had more money.

  2. If Rex had a job, he spending less time at home.

  3. If Chris more people, she would be happier.

  4. If we more money, we would be spending it on stupid things.

  5. I a vacation if I could afford it.

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Second Conditional Progressive Lessons:

Fixin' to Do Something

Above Board

Zombies

Give Up

Giving to Charity

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303Kevin

303Kevin

China

Smile

11:57 AM Oct 11 2009 |

Shugopy

Shugopy

Paraguay

I would be looking for a girlfriend if I wasn't busy with the college

07:47 PM Apr 09 2009 |

hazel26

hazel26

Philippines

I would be traveling around the world if I were rich.

I wouldn't be drinking if I were happy with my life.

I would be studying hard if I had an interview tomorrow.

If I had a date tomorrow, I'd be preparing now.

If I had a lot of money, I'd be helping the poor by now.

I wouldn't be praising GOD if he were unfair.

 

Surprisedoops i have a question..

Is it correct to say .. 'if she WASN't living with her parents…?

I thought we should use WERE even for the singular, instead of WAS, in the 'if' clause?

 Are there any excemptions?

02:49 PM Feb 13 2009 |