03 marzo, 2008

Conditional sentences

First Conditional
If + present simple + future simple

If you don't know me by now, you will never know me (Simply Red)

We can use a modal verb in the if sentence
I can't help you if you don't help yourself. (Amy Winehouse)

(Listen to the song and find a grammatical mistake)

In the main sentence, an imperative can be used instead of a present.
If you need me, call me (Marvin Gaye - Ain't no mountain high enough)

Second Conditional
If + past simple + conditional simple(would + bare infinitive)
What would you do if I sang out of tune? (Joe Cocker / The Beatles)

If I were a rich man

If I were a rich man,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All day long I'd biddy biddy bum.
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn't have to work hard.

To be continued ....