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Conditional sentences Sports and Games

An Intermediate English lesson plan


1. Read the text and fill in the blanks with words or phrases from the box.

ranking | world records | children | track and field | tennis | unfortunately |

basketball player | extravagant appearance

One of the most talented athletes of all times is Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as
Flo-Jo. She was an American ___________________________ athlete. She is believed
to be the fastest woman of all time because in 1988 she set
___________________________ for both the 100 metres and 200 metres which
havent been challenged yet. _________________, she died in 1998 at the age of only

Another amazing athlete is the German ____________ player Steffi Graf. She was
ranked World No. 1 by the Womens Tennis Association for the longest period in which
any player, male or female, has managed to hold number-one _________________:
377 weeks. In addition, she has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. An interesting fact is
that in 2001 she married another tennis star, Andre Agassi, and the two have two

Dennis Rodman is a retired American professional ___________________________. In

NBA he played for Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and other teams. Besides his
abilities as a player, he is famous for his ________________________________, and
lifestyle. Recently, he visited North Korea, and ended up hugging its leader, Kim Jong-
2. Mark the statements T for true and F for false.

1. Florence Griffith Joyner will be remembered for being the fastest woman.
2. Steffi Graf is married to John McEnroe.
3. Steffi Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
4. Dennis Rodman visited Cambodia recently.
5. Dennis Rodman is famous for his extravagant appearance and lifestyle.
6. Florence Griffith Joyner died very young.

3. Listen to Alexandra talking about the athletes from exercise 1. Finish the

1. If Florence Griffith Joyner was alive, she ______________________ (set) more

2. If Steffi Graf had become a singer, the tennis ___________________ (lose) an
amazing player.
3. If I were a tennis player, I _____________________ (want) to be as good as
Steffi Graf.
4. If I go to the United States, I ___________________(try) to meet Dennis
5. If I had a time machine, I __________________(go back) in time and watch the
1988 Olympics.
6. If I met Dennis Rodman, I ______________________ (ask) him questions about
Chicago Bulls.
7. If I were from North Korea, I ___________________(to be) very happy to see
Dennis Rodman.
Grammar Box



2nd Conditional If + Past Tense Would + Infinitive

3rd Conditional If + Past Perfect Tense Would + Past Participle


We use 2nd conditional when we talk about an impossible or improbable situation

regarding the present or the future (events that are unlikely to happen).
For example: If I won the lottery, I would travel a lot.

We use 3rd conditional when we talk about an impossible or unreal situation regarding
the past.
For example: If I had studied for the test, I would have passed.

1. Put the verbs in the correct form.

Nadeen: I cant believe the competition is tomorrow. I am really __________ (worry).

Toyoaki: Why? You __________ (practice) really hard.
Nadeen: If I __________ (have) more time, I ____________________(practice) harder.
Toyoaki: You were ____________________ (work out) every day. Its enough for a
regional championship.

Tanya: What are you __________ (plan) to do today?

Ronaldo: Only swimming. If it __________ (is) windy, I __________ (go) windsurfing.
What about you?
Tanya: Ill be __________ (read). I dont really like summer sports.
Ronaldo: I bet you dont. If I __________ (am) Canadian, I also would
__________(like) mainly hockey!
Tanya: Oh, very funny!

2. Check with your partner. Practice the above conversations in pairs.

3. Fill in the blanks with the proper form of the verb in brackets.

1. If Tina had practiced harder, she ____________________ (win) the ice skating
2. If I were good at sports, I ____________________ (to be) doing gymnastics.
3. If Donna had taken part in the championship, she ____________________
(defeat) you!
4. If Armen was my yoga instructor, I ____________________ (not miss) a class.
5. If you had defeated him, you ____________________ (become) the new world
6. If I could swim, I ____________________ (try) diving.
4. Answer the questions. What will you do if you

a) could/ couldnt swim?

b) were the fastest man/ woman on earth?
c) had to wake up early in the morning to go jogging?
d) were a famous gymnast?


1. Imagine you are a famous athlete. Who will you be? What sports will you be
good at? Write ten sentences.

2. Imagine you have a time machine. If you go back in time, what will you change?