In class we have looked at that difficult structure, the 3rd conditional, to talk about hypothetical situations in the past.  You know, it’s that awful feeling when you wake up in the middle of the night and think, ‘Oh no, why did I do that?  If I hadn’t had that extra glass of champagne, I wouldn’t have tried to dance like Michael Jackson while balancing a bottle of beer on my head and singing the Birdy Song.’  Or maybe you have other regrets!

Anyway, here’s a Powerpoint to practise those structures.  Write down what you think the sentence will be after each picture then compare them with the examples.

You can also do these interactive exercises from the Oxford English File Intermediate Third Edition coursebook.  Click here and here.

You can also practise the pronunciation of this structure by watching this short extract from the series “Once Upon a Time”.  Excellent practice!

And to finish, why not sit back, relax and listen to the songs that use the third conditional.  If you had already known about the songs, you would have sung them to practise, wouldn’t you? Well, it’s never too late!

 

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