Conjugation & verb forms of the present conditional continuous

(Formation of the progressive aspect of the conditional mood in English)

Table of contents – present conditional progressive

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  1. Formation of the present conditional continuous
  2. Verb forms of the present conditional continuous
  3. Further explanations and exercises

Formation of the present conditional continuous

The present conditional continuous is formed by combining the auxiliary verbswould’ + ‘be’ with the progressive form (ing-form) of the respective main verb. Although it is generally used in the if-clause type 2, it may also appear in other contexts. Compare the following examples for clarification:

  • Example sentences of forming the present conditional continuous:
    • “He wouldn’t be talking so much now, but you asked him.”
      • Here, it is used in a negative clause that represents an unreal possibility.
    • “I would be lying on the beach now if I didn’t have to work.”

Verb forms of the present conditional continuous

Example verb: ‘to drink

Positive/affirmative sentences

Person/pronoun Positive Short form Interrogative form Short form of question
I They would be drinking. They’d be drinking. Would they be drinking?
you (singular)
he/she/it
we/you/they

Negative sentences

Person/pronoun Negative Short form Interrogative form Short form of question
I He would not be drinking. He wouldn’t be drinking.
or
He’d not be drinking.*
Would he not be drinking? Wouldn’t he be drinking?
you (singular)
he/she/it
we/you/they

* This form is not as common as the other one.

Further explanations related to the ‘Formation of the present conditional continuous’

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