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  • Grammar Exercise: Mixed Conditionals

    I had a Spanish class this morning and my teacher worked with me on the subjunctive tense. So…as payback I’ve created a lesson on mixed conditionals.

    Just kidding, about the payback part. Although I did realize how confusing it gets when you are trying to speak in a mixture of times, which is what we do during normal conversations. Unfortunately or fortunately we don’t usually speak in a formulaic manner, so during conversation we talk about the future and the past and the present all at the same time. Here is a somewhat formulaic look at mixing our times in conditionals:

    Watch the video and try the exercise below:
    1. If you __________ (insulted) him yesterday, he _______ __ ____ to the wedding tomorrow.
    2. If she __________ (accepts) the promotion, she ____ __ ____ to Brazil in 2015. (future using will)
    3. I ________ ______ (speak) fluent Spanish, if I ____ lived in Spain for 10 years.
    4. He _____ _____ ____ (left), if he ____ _____ (known) you were coming.

    • Oh, man… now that I got the I, II and III conditionals, the “mixed” conditionals appear… so those conditionals have nothing to do with the other ones?

      Let’s see…


      1. If you hadn’t insulted him yesterday, he would go to the wedding tomorrow.
      2. If she had accepted the promotion, she will go to Brazil in 2015. (future using will)
      3. I would speak fluent Spanish, if I had lived in Spain for 10 years.
      4. He wouldn’t have left, if he had known you were coming.

      But the 4th one is not the III type conditional? Now I’m lost.

      • Jesús Castañé

        Hi. I disagree with Joan in the first and second. Here my try.

        1.- If you hadn`t insulted him yesterday, he would be going to the wedding tomorrow.
        2.- She accepted the promotion, she will go to Brazil in 2015
        3.- I would speak fluent Spanish, if I had lived in Spain for 10 years.
        4.- He wouldn’t have left if he had known you were coming.

        Thanks in advance.

        • I really have problems with mixed conditionals. I thought there were only 3 types, and now I discover there are more of them. Why don’t they teach them as “type iV, V VI…” and so on? I don’t get it.

    • MarvinOB

      1. If you hadn´t insulted him yesterday, he would be going to the wedding tomorrow.
      2. If she had accepted the promotion, she would be going to Brazil in 2015. (future using will)
      3. I would speak fluent Spanish, if I had lived in Spain for 10 years.
      4. He wouldn´t have left, if he had known you were coming.

      • LOIEnglish

        Perfect!