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Third Conditional

Third Conditional

The Third Conditional is used to talk about a possible event in the past that did not happen. 

 

Third Conditional Form:

If

+

past

perfect

+

would

have

+

past

participle

 

For example:

  Example sentence What it means...

3rd conditional

If I had studied,

I would have passed the test.

‘If I had studied’ is an impossible past condition because it is in the past, finished, and cannot be changed. The result ‘I would have passed the test’ is an impossible past result because the condition is not true.

 

See also:

The activity Memory Consequences from The Grammar Activity Book.

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