More conditionals practice: exercises and answers

the conditionals exerciseThe conditionals are a complicated area for learners of English, and require a lot of practise. I have previously explained the basic rules of the conditionals, with initial exercises and answers, so this post is a brief revision exercise. The questions are slightly more guided than exercises 1 and 2, with suggested verbs to use, but still provide room for creative answers.

Conditionals Exercise 3

Complete the following sentences, using the suggested verb and choosing the correct conditional. Suggested answers are given below.

  1. If you practice your English often,                  (to improve)
  2. If I looked like him,                                         (to be)
  3. If we had taken the earlier train,                   (to arrive)
  4. If it rains on their wedding day,                     (to cancel)
  5. If you read this English book,                          (to learn)
  6. If she had practiced speaking,                        (to pass)
  7. If they cheated in the test,                              (to report)
  8. If you eat too much chocolate,                       (to get)
  9. If I take more classes,                                     (to do)
  10. If the motorway had been less busy,              (to get)
  11. If you look at the picture closely,                   (to see)
  12. If he had asked me for the pen,                     (to give)

Conditionals Exercise 4

Complete the following sentences with an ‘if clause’, using the suggested verb and choosing the correct conditional. Suggested answers are given below.

  1. They will buy the textbook…                           (to recommend)
  2. You would learn more…                                 (to study)
  3. I will get the new car…                                   (to be)
  4. He gets very angry…                                       (to talk)
  5. We would be happier…                                  (to have)
  6. Luke would have passed the exam…              (to practice)
  7. He will pass next time…                                 (to take)
  8. I would have liked the book…                         (to be)
  9. The cat purrs…                                                (to stroke)
  10. People in Brighton will get upset…                (to rain)
  11. They would tell us…                                        (to want)
  12. It would have been beautiful…                       (to work)

Below are suggested answers, your answers may be different, but the verb form must be the same for it to be correct.

Answers to Conditionals Exercise 3

  1. If you practice your English often, you will improve. (First conditional)
  2. If I looked like him, I would be very happy. (Second conditional)
  3. If we had taken the earlier train, we would have arrived on time. (Third conditional)
  4. If it rains on their wedding day, they will cancel the wedding. (First conditional)
  5.  If you read this English book, you will learn a lot of new words. (First conditional)
  6. If she had practiced speaking, she would have passed the exam. (Third conditional)
  7. If they cheated in the test, I would report them. (Second conditional)
  8. If you eat too much chocolate, you will get fat. (Zero conditional)
  9. If I take more classes, I will do better in the test. (First conditional)
  10. If the motorway had been less busy, we would have got home sooner. (Third conditional)
  11. If you look at the picture closely, you will see more details. (First conditional)
  12. If he had asked me for the pen, I would have given it to him. (Third Conditional)

Answers to Conditionals Exercise 4

  1. They will buy the textbook if you recommend it. (First conditional)
  2.  You would learn more if you studied hard. (Second conditional)
  3. I will get the new car if it is available. (First conditional) Alternatives: …if it is affordable, if it is cheap, if it is the right colour etc.
  4. He gets very angry if you talk too loud. (Zero conditional)
  5. We would be happier if we had more money. (Second conditional)
  6. Luke would have passed the exam if he had practiced more. (Third conditional)
  7. He will pass next time if he takes more lessons. (First conditional)
  8. I would have liked the book if it had been shorter. (Third conditional)
  9.  The cat purrs if you stroke it. (Zero conditional)
  10. People in Brighton will get upset if it rains tomorrow. (Second conditional)
  11.  They would tell us if they wanted to. (Second conditional)
  12. It would have been beautiful if it had worked. (Third conditional)

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