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ESL Student Activity – English Grammar – Mixed Conditionals

There are also other types of conditional sentence.

1. The Zero Conditional is used for fact; we use two present tense verbs,
“If you ring this number, nobody answers.”

2. We can use a present tense verb and an imperative;
“If you need any help, just ask.” “If you drink, don’t drive.”

3. We can use “be going to.”
“If it’s going to rain, I’d better take my umbrella.”

4. We can mix types 2 and 3 (click on our grammar table above)
” If you needed help, you should have asked.”
“If he had booked a table earlier, we wouldn’t be standing here in a queue.”

Mixed Conditionals Exercise

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1. If people were a little more tolerant, ...
our world would have been a better place.
our world would be a better place.
our world will be a better place.

2. If my father had locked his car properly, ...
his car would never have been stolen.
his car will not be stolen.
his car would not be stolen.

3. If the ozone layer peels off a little more, we ...
ran a much higher risk of attracting skin cancer.
would run a much higher risk of attracting skin cancer.
will run a much higher risk of attracting skin cancer.

4. I would never feel comfortable on a plane if ...
I know it's the pilot's maiden trip.
I knew it's the pilot's maiden trip.
I would know that it's the pilot's maiden trip.

5. A dog will never bite you if ...
you will look it straight in the eyes, I'm told.
you look it straight in the eyes, I'm told.
you looked it straight in the eyes, I'm told.

6. The first thing I will do is drive to Spain if ...
I would get my driving licence.
I got my driving licence.
I get my driving licence.

7. If John hadn't responded in such an aggressive manner he ...
would never have a black eye.
won't have a black eye.
would never have had a black eye.


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