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Conditionals 2

Do you know how to use third and mixed conditionals?

Look at these examples to see how third and mixed conditionals are used.

We would have walked to the top of the mountain if the weather hadn't been so bad.
If we'd moved to Scotland when I was a child, I would have a Scottish accent now.
If she was really my friend, she wouldn't have lied to me.

Try this exercise to test your grammar.

Grammar test 1

Conditionals 2: Grammar test 1

Read the explanation to learn more.

Grammar explanation

Do you know how to use third and mixed conditionals?

Third conditionals and mixed conditionals

Conditionals describe the result of a certain condition. The if clause tells you the condition (If I hadn't been ill) and the main clause tells you the result (I would have gone to the party). The order of the clauses does not change the meaning.

If I hadn't been ill, I would have gone to the party.
I would have gone to the party if I hadn't been ill.

Conditional sentences are often divided into different types.

Third conditional

The third conditional is used to imagine a different past. We imagine a change in a past situation and the different result of that change.

If I had understood the instructions properly, I would have passed the exam.
We wouldn't have got lost if my phone hadn't run out of battery.

In third conditional sentences, the structure is usually: If + past perfect >> would have + past participle.

Mixed conditionals

We can use mixed conditionals when we imagine a past change with a result in the present or a present change with a result in the past.

1. Past/Present 

Here's a sentence imagining how a change in a past situation would have a result in the present.

If I hadn't got the job in Tokyo, I wouldn't be with my current partner.

So the structure is: If + past perfect >> would + infinitive.

2. Present/Past

Here's a sentence imagining how a different situation in the present would mean that the past was different as well.

It's really important. If it wasn't, I wouldn't have called you on your holiday.

And the structure is: If + past simple >> would have + past participle.

Do this exercise to test your grammar again.

Grammar test 2

Conditionals 2: Grammar test 2

Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hi Mareq,

Yes, that is correct - good work!

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, please let me Know is this form of question right grammatically?"how many brothers has David?"

Hello shadyar,

No, that is not correct. In the present simple, questions are formed using the auxiliary verb do/does: 'How many brothers does David have?'

You can learn about how this works, as well as find examples and exercises, on our present simple page.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sirs
I have a doubt that generally 'to' followed by v¹ ,but sometimes 'to' followed by ,v+ing,
Please explain in detail.I am eagerly waiting your response sir.

Hello Guddu,

'to' is used in different ways. It's often used to form an infinitive (e.g. 'I would like to meet the Dalai Lama' or 'She is said to be a whiz at maths'), but when 'to' is used as a preposition, like all prepositions, it must be followed by a noun phrase (e.g. 'I went to the cinema' or 'He's not used to working at night'). The noun form of a verb is the '-ing' form - that is why 'work' becomes 'working' in the last example sentence.

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The LearnEnglish Team

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PETER M, you told me that "The negative of 'had to' is 'didn't have to', not '*hadn't to" (

Do I have to understand that the clauses of the exercise on this page like "if i hadn't eaten...; if you hadn't taken..." have to be writen like " If I didn't have eaten...; If you didn't have taken..." or something like this?
If not; if the clauses are well writen here, can you tell my why the clause "If he hadn't to work he wouldn't be miserable" is not good?

Thanks for your help


Hello Nuras,

There is a distinction between the form you quoted on the other page, which is 'have to + infinitive' (as in 'I had to go' and 'I didn't have to go'), and the form you are quoting here, which is 'have' used as an auxiliary verb to make a perfective form (as in 'have + past participle or 'modal verb + have'). The examples on this page are of 'have' used as an auxiliary, which is a different use and has a different negative form.

He had to go > He didn't have to go (not *'He hadn't to go')


He had gone > He hadn't gone (not *'He didn't have gone')

He must have gone > I mustn't have gone (not *'He must don't have gone')

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I think that this kind of exercises don't show the right level of knowledge, and I suggest you don to better exercises so that when I finish the exercises I can pass an exam in every situation.