Second conditionals are a great grammar structure to use when we want to talk about hypothetical or imaginary situations. In this post, we are going to look at some examples of second conditional questions, some second conditional example sentences, and we will explain how to make second conditional sentences and questions. Let’s get started.
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Second Conditional Questions
Second conditional questions are used to ask about hypothetical or imaginary situations that are unlikely to happen. For example, the question “If you won the lottery, what would you do?” is talking about a very unlikely situation (winning the lottery) and is asking you to imagine what you would do in that situation.
Making second conditional questions is quite easy! There are two parts to second conditional questions. One part, let’s call it ‘Part A‘, is the condition, and the other part, let’s call it ‘Part B‘, is the imagined event. For Part A, the verb is used in the simple past tense, and for part B, the verb “would” goes together with the main verb. You can make second conditional questions like this by putting either part A or part B first, followed by the other part. Let’s take a look at an example:
- If you won the lottery, what would you do?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
Here are 30 examples of second conditional questions. If you would like to download a PDF of these questions, you can do so below.
- If you won the lottery, what would you do?
- If you saw a ghost, what would you do?
- If animals could talk, what would they say?
- If you could travel to the future, what would you do?
- If you could travel to the past, when would you go to?
- If you could be 10 forever or 60 forever, which would you choose?
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
- If you could speak any language perfectly, which would you choose?
- If you had a 3D printer, what would you print?
- If you could have one superpower, which would it be?
- If you only ate one food forever, which would it be?
- If you lived to be 300, how would your life be different?
- If you changed your name, what name would you want?
- If you saw a bear, what would you do?
- If you made one change to the world, what would it be?
- What kind of songs would you make if you were a musician?
- What would you do if you knew the world was going to end?
- Where would you live if money weren’t a problem?
- What animal would you be if you could be any?
- What would the weather be like if you controlled it?
- What would you grab if your house was on fire?
- Who would you be if you could be anyone for a day?
- What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
- Who would you help if you were a billionaire?
- Where would you hide if you had to run from the police?
- What sport would you want to be good at if you had the choice?
- What would you be famous for if you had the choice?
- Which planet would you go to if you had a spaceship?
- What would you wish for if you had three wishes from a genie?
- What would you do if school was cancelled today?
Second Conditional Sentences
Just like second conditional questions, second conditional sentences are used to talk about things in the future that are imaginary or very unlikely to be true. These sentences are made up of a condition (e.g. If I won the lottery) and an imagined outcome (I would buy a big house.). Students can have lots of fun and let their imaginations run wild while making second conditional sentences.
Here are 30 examples of second conditional sentences. If you would like to download a PDF of these sentences, you can do so below.
- If I won the lottery, I would buy a big house.
- If I saw a ghost, I would scream.
- If my pet could talk, it would say, “I’m hungry.”
- If I could travel to the future, I would visit my older self.
- If I could travel to the past, I would go to see some dinosaurs.
- If I could choose to be any age forever, I would choose to be 21.
- If I could change one thing about myself, I would make myself taller.
- If I had a 3D printer, I would print some cool sunglasses.
- If I could only eat one food forever, I would eat ice cream.
- If I could be any animal, I would be a penguin.
- If I was King for the day, I would make homework illegal.
- If I had a million dollars, I would buy a fast car.
- If I could control the weather, I would make it sunny every day.
- If the house was on fire and I only had time to save one thing, I would save my phone.
- If I could travel to any country, I would go to Australia.
- If I could choose to be anybody for the day, I would still choose to be myself.
- If I were a billionaire, I would travel to space.
- If I had a spaceship, I would travel to Mars.
- If I could play any instrument, I would play the saxophone.
- If I saw someone trying to steal my car, I would chase them.
- If I could do any job in the future, I would be a pilot.
- If I saw a bear in the woods, I would walk back slowly.
- If I met a genie and I had only one wish, I would wish for more wishes.
- If I was a musician, I would make classical music.
- If I built a robot, I would make it do my homework.
- If I could go anywhere today, I would go to the beach.
- If I had the Queen’s phone number, I would call her to say hello.
- If I were rich, I would travel all over the world.
- If I had a talking dog, I would show it to the world.
- If school was canceled today, I would go to the park.
As you can see, it’s very easy to make second conditional questions and sentences. These are great for conversation because it allows students to use their imaginations creativity when asking and answering questions! Feel free to use these second conditional examples in your next English class.
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