One of the best ways to learn the second conditional is by listening to Beyonce´s “If I were a Boy”.
Here´s a video with lyrics:
…If I were (past tense) a boy, I would roll out of bed.
Now, why do we use this clause.. Well, we know Beyonce is definitely not a boy so she is using the second conditional to talk about a hypothetical situation.
Just like saying, if I won the lottery, I’d buy a house… winning the lottery is so unlikely that it is considered a hypothetical situation.
- 0conditional talks about facts: if it rains, the streets get wet.
- 1stconditional talks about likely situations: if I study hard, I will pass.
- 3rdconditional talks about past situations: if I had gone to the party, I would have seen my friends
So next time you can’t remember how to use the second conditional just sing…. If I were a boyyyyyyy……..