Second conditional

If I were a cat, I would sleep all day.

  • I Wish I Had Advice

    An interactive PowerPoint presentation and activity for teaching the sentence structures "I can't/I wish I could ~," "I don't have/I wish I had ~," and "If I were you, I would ~."

  • I wish I could.... Picture Naughts and Crosses

    A pattern practice game where students must use pictures to make sentences.

  • Finish the Sentence

    Students will be given a prompt, such as "If I were rich," and must decide in groups how to finish the sentence before writing on their whiteboard. Least popular answers get more points!

  • I wish I were (Poetry Writing)

    A fun poetry writing activity using a pattern that is adaptable for other grammar points.

  • Clue: Robbery

    Mystery game based on the Clue (Cluedo) board game. Students will use "If I were you, I would..." to give the police tips about the crime.

  • Subjunctive Battleship, New Horizons JHS 3 U6

    Battleship game covering New Horizons 3 Unit 6. It’s fantastic for drilling the subjunctive. Ex. If you saw a BTS concert, would you be very excited?

  • Kahoot Second Year Unit 1 - Unit 3 Review (p.37まで)


  • If I were a castaway - Second Conditional

    Imagine what you music/book/luxury item you would bring as a castaway on a desert island. It's after British radio show called Desert Island Discs.

  • SDGs - New Crown 3: Get Plus 2

    This lesson is meant to cover New Crown 3 GET +2 "If I were you..." and also enriches the lesson by providing a challenging activity where students write about and discuss SDGs in English!

  • (I wish...) (If I were...) Subjunctive Mood Game

    Quick warm up activity for reviewing the subjunctive mood/modal verb.

  • Fortune Flowcharts

    A flowchart of questions that ends with a mini omikuji.

  • New Horizon 3 Unit 6 Review

    Kahoot online game to review the new words, contents and grammar of NH 3 Unit 6 (Beyond Borders)

  • If I were X I would Y Card game

    PG Cards Against Humanity style game to practice the phrase "If I were ~, I would ~". Students choose possible sentence endings and the funniest answer wins a point.

  • Late for school - 'drive the train' version

    This is a PP that contains a slight change to @jiggswalsh's version (the best!).

  • Late for school - If I were you, I would....

    Short scene to play through to get the students to practice the target sentence

  • Spyfall

    Based on the party game. Simple conversation game to practice "I have to..." or "I would...".

  • Alternate Reality

    students think about what could be different in life using "if I were..."

  • "Virtual Life"

    practice for "if I were... I would..." and "if I were... I could..."

  • One Piece Battleship

    A battleship game to help students practice speaking the target grammar point.

  • Scale The Spire/DragonSlayer Game

    Class-Based fantasy Competitive Team Review Game

  • Let`s plan a trip!

    In this interview activity students ask each other "If you went to (country), what would you do?"

  • What If...

    Presentation of conversation starters for students to practice were/would second conditional sentences

  • Memory (2nd Conditional)

    Memory game using 2nd conditional sentences

  • If I had a million dollars (If Second Conditional)

    A powerpoint that explains and then practices Second Conditionals using If. Based on New Crown 3 Lesson 6 part 1

  • CHRISTMAS Race and Speak Point Game

    Students work as groups. Get points by racing to speak the answers.

  • Second Conditional Sugoroku Board Game

    Dice based board game to practice the second conditional

  • Magic Quiz

    A family feud style quiz game

  • A bunch of Questions for Quizzes

    Questions lists focused on various grammar points

  • Battle for Japan

    A write and race game based on the Senkoku Jidai quiz game found on the Englipedia site.

  • Big Top Circus and Happy Clown Surprise

    These are paired speaking games. Happy Clown is the bomb game and Big Top Circus is a Race and Speak game.

    1. UonumaRobert November 29, 2021

      Second conditional 'Be' verb question. Which is correct 'If I were a monkey, I'd eat bananas all day' or 'If I was a monkey, I'd eat bananas all day'. I feel like the second one is correct but all the examples I've found online so far are for 'If I were you...'

    2. Miles November 29, 2021

      I believe it'd technically be 'If I were...', because it's an imaginary sentence that doesn't take place in the past. 'If I was...' is more like 'If I was busy, I wouldn't eat breakfast'. At least that's my understanding of it (also British, so it might be a regional thing too). However I really wouldn't split hairs here either way, and definitely wouldn't consider anyone wrong for using either form!

    3. UonumaRobert November 29, 2021

      Yeah, I think you're right. 'If I were a fish...' For some reason my brain doesn't want to accept that this morning. Now it has to be completely imaginary right so If my room was messy, I'd clean it' isn't 2nd conditional right? Even though my room wasn't messy.

    4. Miles November 29, 2021

      Yeah, I think so. Even though it wasn't true that the room was messy, it's still something likely to happen - it just wasn't the case in this situation. This site has some useful easy-to-understand insight: https://grammar.yourdictionary.com/vs/when-is-it-appropriate-to-use-if-i-were-vs-if-i-was.html

    5. UonumaRobert November 29, 2021

      Cool that is helpful. Time to edit my worksheet a touch. It would be nice if all the examples weren't first person though. I kinda like avoiding making everything first person based.

    6. Miles November 29, 2021

      I'm pretty sure it works the same way regardless. If his room was messy, he'd clean it. If she were a monkey, she'd eat bananas all day. Same kinda rule, so you can make your examples a bit more varied.

    7. Fernand December 7, 2022

      Simple activity for the kids. Ask them if they like the area they live in. After that ask them the following question: "If you were the new Mayor, what would you do?" Let them talk in pairs about it. I'm sure they will come up with great ideas.

    8. Fernand December 7, 2022

      2/2 maybe you want to demonstrate before that with the JET. I normally say that "If i were the new Mayor, I would build an amusement park, a huge shopping mall, and whatever I come up with at the moment". After sharing their ideas with different pairs, i ask them to write those ideas down (last 5 min)

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