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Inversion in Conditionals
1. Invert the following Conditionals.
2. Complete with the appropriate conditionals (0/ I / II or III).
3. Choose the correct answer
First Conditionals – Type I: (Real Present: Possible and Probable)
Replace ‘IF’ with ‘SHOULD’
Form: Should + Subject + 1st form of the Verb (v1)
Should it rain, we’ll stay indoors.
If you have finished the book, give it to me.
Should you finish the book, give it to me..
Second Conditionals – Type II: (Unreal Present: Possible but Improbable)
Replace ‘IF’ with ‘WERE’
- Were + Subject + Noun / Adjective / Adverb / Past Participle (v3) / Verb-ing
- Were + Subject + to – Infinitive / not to-Infinitive (v1)
- IF she were my girlfriend, … . ➤ WERE she my girlfriend, … .
- IF I left home, … . ➤ WERE I to leave home, … .
Were I you, I’d tell her the truth.
If she won the lottery, she’d travel the world.
Were she to win the lottery, she’d travel the world.
Third Conditionals – Type III: (Unreal Past: Impossible)
Replace ‘IF’ with ‘HAD’
Form: Had + Subject + Past Participle (v3)
had she had arrived earlier, she could’ve helped us.
If I had seen you before, I could’ve given it to you.
Had I seen you before, I could’ve given it to you.
If they hadn’t robbed the bank, they wouldn’t have gone to jail.
Had they not robbed the bank, they wouldn’t have gone to jail.
- The zero conditional describes situations that are always true.
- ‘ If ‘ can be replaced by when or whenever without changing the meaning of a given sentence.
- the ‘if’ clause in the present simple
- the main clause in the present simple.
The zero conditional is made up of two present simple verbs:
Apart from the basic forms (the present simple in the main clause and the if clause),
we can use other verb forms in the zero conditional sentences:
(a modal verb in the main clause)
(an imperative in the main clause)
‘ If ‘ is the most frequent expression in the if clauses, but other expressions are also possible. even if, provided (that), unless, on condition (that)