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# We use the third conditional STRUCTURE EXAMPLE

to: If David had trained more, he
If + S + past perfect,
 Talk about hypothetical wouldn’t have lost the
S + would have + past
past events – which did not participle competition.
happen.

Margaret celebrated her birthday on New Year’s Eve. If it _____________ (not/be) such
a special night, all her friends __________________ (come) to her party. However, most
of them decided to spend New Year abroad.
At twelve o’clock, all the cell phones of Margaret’s guests started to ring. If their families
______________ (not/want) to wish them a happy new year, Margaret’s friends
__________________ (be) on the phone when she was about to blow the candles.
If they ___________________ (not/answer) their phones, Margaret ______________
(be) happier.
If they ___________________ (pay) more attention to Margaret, she _____________
(not/feel) so upset.
If they ___________________ (remember) to get her a present, Margaret _________
(not/go) home so angry with her friends.
If Margaret’s friends ____________________ (tell) her to celebrate her birthday another
day, she _____________________ (accept).

Anna has been working too hard lately. If _________________ (not/have) so much work
last week, she _____________________ (have) time to meet her friends.
If she ____________________ (spend) some time with her friends, she ____________
(forget) her work problems.
If she ______________________ (forget) her problems, she _____________________
(feel) much better.
If she ______________________ (not/be) so stressed, she __________________ (feel)
so weak and she _____________________ (not/faint) in the office.
If she ______________________ (not/faint) in the office, her boss ________________
(not/give) her the day off.
If she ___________________ (not/have) the day off, she ____________________
(not/go) to a spa for a massage.
If she _______________________ (find) time to relax before, her health ____________
(be) much better than it is now.

Paula had a date last Friday night. If she ___________________ (not/have) a date, she
____________________ (not/go) to the hairdresser’s and she ____________________
(not/ buy) a brand new dress.
If she ____________________ (not/be wearing) her new dress, she _______________
(not/look) so fashionable.
Paul, her date, had an emergency at work. If he ___________________ (not/have) an
emergency, he ___________________ (arrive) on time to the meeting point and Paula
___________________ (not/be waiting) for half an hour.
If Paul _____________________ (phone) Paula, she ______________________
(know) that he was arriving late.
If Paul _____________________ (not/lose) Paula’s cell number, she _______________
(not/break up) with him.