|> Other English exercises on the same topic: Conditional and hypothesis [Change theme]|
|> Similar tests: - Conditional - Conditional clauses - Hypothetical sentences: tenses - Third conditional - Conditional Sentences - Will and Would: a little further - Future and Conditional - If or whether|
|> Double-click on words you don't understand|
> The past conditional is expressed using the modal 'would' before a past infinitive (= 'have' + past participle). This construction serves to express missed opportunities and past hypotheses:
She told me that she would have liked to come and see us.
In your position, I would have done the same thing.
> One finds it often in hypothetical constructions with 'if.' When 'if' is followed by the pluperfect, the conditional past is expected in the second clause:
If you had told me the truth, I would have believed you.
If he had worked harder, he'd have received a better grade.
> Note: In a few regions (principally in the United States) one hears the conditional past in both clauses of hypothetical expressions:
If you would have told me he was going to win, I wouldn't have believed you.
English exercise "Past conditional" created by webmaster with The test builder
Click here to see the current stats of this English test
Please log in to save your progress.
End of the free exercise to learn English: Past conditional
A free English exercise to learn English.
Other English exercises on the same topic : Conditional and hypothesis | All our lessons and exercises