Rob and Stephen talk about the third conditional, some medical vocabulary and ‘neither’ and ‘nor’.

Watch the video. Then go to the Tasks and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello, In my country, Philippines, we don't often give people grapes in hospital. We just give them something to eat, like fruits, noodles and porridge.

Aaron Matthew

hi , the above conditional is that second or third ? , and when we say ' if i were you i would call him again ' what is the difference between this conditional and the above one .

Thanks alot

Hello Fouka,

As you can see from the title of the exercises, this task deals with the third conditional, used to describe unreal situations in the past.

You example is a second conditional, which is used to describe unreal or unlikely situations in the present and/or future.

You can find more information on these and other conditional forms here and here, plus some alternative forms here, or you can use the search window on the right to find more related exercises.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hi mates, i can't grab what rob says at e.g. (0.08) till (0.10) i hope someone helps me.

there are other episodes, you are fantastic.

thank you very much.



Rob says "I wonder if that's the same everywhere."

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

rob is the best English teacher in the world!

Oh, I absolutely agree with you. He is perfect!!!

Hi there, thank you very much for the explanations provided and the quality of the materials!

A quick question please: do we keep the contracted form in formal English? E.g: 'I'd' in 'If I'd known it was your birthday...'. Thank you very much again!

Hello Amina,

In general, contracted forms are avoided in formal English, but this is not a hard and fast rule, especially in situations that are formal but not extremely formal. In such contexts, 'I'd' instead of 'I would' is one of the forms that you can often find.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team