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If I were… Second conditional

If you were omnipotent for a day, what would you do? What a question, right? I would probably do the same as Chandler and be omnipotent forever!

So now we’ve had a look at the second conditional, and you can see it in action on the Friends clip. Remember the basic rules to choose the correct conditional:

  • assess if the situation we want to talk about is real / possible or unreal / imaginary.
  • assess when the situation we talk about takes place in the present, future or the past time.

This time then, we clearly have a hypothetic situation. Could you study then the second conditional? Go on!

If I were a boy

Even just for a day

I’d roll outta bed in the morning

And throw on what I wanted and go

Drink beer with the guys

And chase after girls

I’d kick it with who I wanted

And I’d never get confronted for it.

‘Cause they’d stick up for me.

If I were a boy I think I could understand

How it feels to love a girl

I swear I’d be a better man.

I’d listen to her

‘Cause I know how it hurts

When you lose the one you wanted

‘Cause he’s taken you for granted

And everything you had got destroyed


Music always helps study. So why not trying google “second conditional songs” so you can see more examples in practice? Come on, give it a try.

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