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18.3 second conditional The second conditional has two main uses. [00:00:03] And while the grammar has us using the past, we're actually talking about predictions that probably won't happen in the future, and things that are impossible right now. Let's take a deeper look. [00:00:14] How to form the second conditional. [00:00:16] With the dependent, if clause, we use the past simple. [00:00:20] In the independent clause, we use would plus the infinitive form of our main verb. [00:00:26] Was versus were. [00:00:28] In many languages there is a mood that changes the form of a verb, especially in English, for situations where we use the second conditional to talk about unreal or impossible situations. That mood is called the subjunctive. In some languages, the subjunctive is important, but you don't need to worry about it in English. Because we don't use it anymore! Only if you want to use it, and for the second conditional you can! Well you probably should anyways on a test. [00:00:57] I just told you that we form the second conditional with if plus the past tense in the first part of the sentence, and then would and the infinitive. [00:01:05] So for I, I can say, if I was young again ...
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