Exercise 1: third conditional (if clause type 3)

(Practise using the conditional clause type 3)

Third conditional (if clause 3) – cloze test (difficulty: 2 of 5 – rather easy)

Fill the gaps with the appropriate forms of the verbs in brackets for the if clause type 3 (third conditional sentence). You need either the past perfect simple or the past conditional simple. Do not use short or contracted forms.

  • Examples:
    • “If I hadn’t eaten enough, I ______ hungry.” (feel) → “… I would have felt hungry.”
    • “If you ______ for me, I would have gone to the dentist with you.” (wait) → “If you had waited for me, …”

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  1. If you had helped me a bit, I faster. (finish)
  2. If you him the truth, he would not have been so angry. (tell)
  3. We a great holiday if the food at the hotel restaurant had been better. (have)
  4. If my sister had studied more, she her final exam. (pass)
  5. They would not have broken into our house if we an alarm system. (install)
  6. If Peter more carefully, he would not have damaged his new car. (drive)
  7. If there hadn’t been such a storm, we the island two days ago. (leave)
  8. Sabrina the job if she hadn’t been so nervous during the interview. (get)
  9. We a new house if it hadn’t been so expensive. (buy)
  10. If you to bed earlier, you would have got up without problems. (go)

Further exercises and explanations related to the ‘if sentences type 3’

The following exercises and explanations refer to the English conditional sentences ‘if clause type 3’ and are also helpful: