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  • English Modal Verbs with Second Conditional Video and Exercise

    A lot of our English students have difficulty knowing when to use “would” or “could” in a sentence with the Second Conditional. For example:

    If I had a million dollars, I would buy a million hotdogs.

    If I had a million dollars, I could buy a million hotdogs.

    Both sentences are correct, but they have different meanings, because of the change in modal verbs (would and could). Do you know the difference? Watch the video below for some help. You can also check out more of our English learning videos.


    Complete the exercises below. Write your answers in comments, and we will read them for you.

    Explain the difference between these two sentences:

    If I were a little faster, I would win the race.

    If I were a little faster, I could win the race.

    Fill in the gaps:

    1. If you were a millionaire, you ____ buy a million hotdogs, but I don’t recommend it.
    2. If he had a car, he _____ be a dangerous driver.
    3. If I were smart, I ____ save more money.
    4. If I were wealthy, I _____ save more money, but it’s hard to know for sure.
    5. If you saved more money, you _____ retire earlier.
    6. If I saved more money, I ____ definitely retire earlier.

    • 1) If you were a millionaire, you could buy a million hotdogs, but I don’t recommend it.
      2) If he had a car, he would be a dangerous driver.
      3) If I were smart, I would save more money.
      4) If I were wealthy, I could save more money, but it’s hard to know for sure.
      5) If you saved more money, you could retire earlier.
      6) If I saved more money, I would definitely retire earlier.

      • LOIEnglish

        Giuseppe,

        Well done! Perfect score!

    • Jernieferlopez

      its good