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Verb: Mood: Conditional II

1. Read the passage from 0. Wilde's novel1 The Picture of Dorian Gray' paying attention to the use of Conditional II; reproduce the pas­sage:

(Dorian Gray remained young and beautiful but his portrait changed as he grew older or did something shameful.)

A new life! That was what he wanted. That was what he was waiting for. Perhaps it had begun already. He would never again spoil innocence. He would be good.

He began to wonder if the portrait in the locked room had changed. Was it still as horrible as it had been? Perhaps if his life became pure, the face in the portrait would become beautiful again. He would go and look.

He took the lamp from the table and went upstairs. As he opened the door, a smile of happiness passed across his young face. Yes, he would be good, and the ugly thing he had locked away would not frighten him any more. He felt happier already.

He went in quietly, locking the door behind him. Walking straight over to the portrait, he took off the purple curtain that was covering it. An ugly cry of pain came from him. He could see no change. The thing was still hateful —- more hateful even, than before (O.Wilde).

2. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form:

  1. If I (to be) a rock star, I (to live) in New York (M. Vince, K. McNicholas).

  2. My mother (to worry) about me if I (not to phone) her every week E.Walker, S.Elsworth).

  3. I have no idea what the other side are going to propose in the negotiation tomorrow. — Neither do I. If I (to know) I (to tell) you (P. Emmerson).

  4. If I (to find) a gun in the street, I (to take) it to the police (V Evans).

  5. I've got a terrible headache. — If I (to be) you, I (to take) an aspirin (M. Vince, K. Nicholas).

  6. Where you (to live) if you (can) choose? (E.Walker, S.Elsworth).

  7. Would you like to go to English evening classes with me? — I'm sorry, but I can't. I'm really busy. If I (to have) more time, I (to love) to (P. Emmerson).

  8. If I (to find) a fly in my soup, I (to complain) to the manager(V. Evans).

  9. If (to have) a dog, I (to take) it for a walk every day (M. Vince, K. McNicholas).

  10. I'm tired. — If I (to be) you, I (to go) to bed (V. Evans).

  11. If she (to speak) more clearly, I (can) understand her (E.Walker, S. Elsworth).

  12. I'm really cold. — If I (to be) you, I (to put) on a jumper (V. Evans).

  13. If the council (to ban) all cars from the city center, there (not to be) so much pollution (P. Emmerson).

  14. I'm hungry. — If I (to be) you, I (to buy) a hamburger (V. Evans).

3. Complete the dialogue with the correct form of the verbs in brackets; learn the dialogue by heart.

George: If I (to have) a lot of money, I (to buy) an island.

Graham: But you haven't got a lot of money.

George: I know. But if I (to have) a lot of money, I (to buy) an island.

Graham: If you (to buy) an island, what you (to do)?

George: If I (to buy) an island, I (to live) on it.

Graham: If you (to live) on an island, you (may) be ill.

George: Of course, I (not to live) there unless I (to have) three wives.

Graham: If you (to have) three wives, what they (to do)?

George: One (to clean), one (to cook) and the other (to take) care of me.

Graham: I'm sorry you haven't got a lot of money (English Course).

4. Complete the text with the correct form of the verbs in brackets; retell the text:

Sarah is a bored teenager. If she (to join) a club, she (to make) more friends. She (to enjoy) herself if she (to go) out more. Her schoolwork is suffering too. If she (to study) more, she (to have) better marks and she (to enter) university. Unfortunately, she is becoming overweight. She (to feel) better if she (to start) swimming, and she (to get) thinner if she (to stop) eating so much chocolate (V. Evans).

5. Answer the questions using Conditional IIsentences:

What would you do...

if you saw a burglar break into your neighbour's house?

if you won 10 million dollars?

if somebody offended you for no good reason?

if somebody asked you for a loan?

if you saw two people fighting in the street?

if you were on holiday abroad and lost your money?

if you dialed the wrong number?

if you found yourself on a desert island?

if you saw a snake?

if you locked yourself out of your house?

6. Read about these Peanuts characters. What would happen if their situ­ations were different? Combine the two sentences into one using Con­ditional II:

  1. Schroeder ignores Lucy. She gets angry with him (M. Fuchs, M. Bonner). —> If Schroeder didn't ignore Lucy, she wouldn't get angry with him.

  2. Rerun's parents refuse to let him have a dog. He tries to borrow Charlie's dog (M. Fuchs, M.Bonner).

  3. Charlie Brown doesn't have enough friends. He feels lonely (M. Fuchs, M.Bonner).

  4. Woodstock and Snoopy have a close relationship. Woodstock confides in Snoopy (M.Fuchs, M.Bonner).

  5. Pigpen doesn't have enough baths. He's filthy (M. Fuchs, M. Bonner).

  6. Schroeder loves Beethoven. He plays his sonatas all the time (M.Fuchs, M.Bonner).

  7. Sally doesn't know her teacher's name. She can't send her a card (M.Fuchs, M.Bonner).

  8. Linus is clever. He finds intelligent solutions to life's problems (M.Fuchs, M.Bonner).

7. Give negative answers to the questions, omitting the construction be going (to) and using the proper forms of Conditional II sentences:

  1. Is he going to take the examination? (He / to fail it). -> No, if he took the examination, he would fail it.

  2. Are you going to catch the 7.15 train? (We / to arrive too early).

  3. Are you going to the theatre tonight? (I / not to get ready for the exam).

  4. Is she going to apply for the job? (She / not to get it).

  5. Are you going to bed now? (I / not to sleep).

  6. Is he going to rob a bank? (He / to be sent to prison).

  7. Are you going to invite Bill to the party? (I / to have to invite Linda, too).

  8. Are you going to buy bread today? (It / to be stale tomorrow).

  9. Is she going to watch TV tonight? (She / not to be able to cook din­ ner).

10. Are they going to buy a car? (They / to have nothing to live on).

8. Translate the sentences into English using Conditional II:

  1. Если бы я была на Вашем месте, я бы вышла за него замуж.

  2. Если бы у меня было достаточно денег, я бы поехала в Японию.

  3. Если бы Вы бросили курить, Вы бы чувствовали себя лучше.

  4. Я уверена, что она бы поняла, если бы ты объяснил ей ситуацию.

  5. Если бы она продала свою машину, она бы не получила много денег за нее.

  6. Энн подарила мне это кольцо. Она бы очень расстроилась, если бы я потеряла его.

  7. Что бы случилось, если бы Вы завтра не пошли на работу?

  8. Я уверена, что Том одолжит тебе денег. Я была бы очень удивлена, если бы он отказался.

  9. Идет дождь. Если бы погода была хорошая, они бы пошли на рыбалку.

  10. Если бы я была на Вашем месте, я бы взяла зонт. Похоже на дождь.

  11. Если бы все говорили по-испански, то никто бы не изучал английский язык.

  12. Если бы Рита любила плавать, она бы пошла на пляж.

  13. Если бы у меня было время, я бы сходила в кино.

  14. Если бы Вы были в пальто, Вам бы не было холодно.

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