Exercise 2: second conditional (if clause type 2)

(Practise and test your skills in using conditional clauses)

Second conditional (if clause type 2) – cloze (difficulty: 2 of 5 – rather easy)

Fill the gaps with the appropriate forms of the verbs in brackets to make a correct if sentence type 2 (second conditional). For this, you need either the past simple or the present conditional simple. Do not use any short (contracted) forms for the gaps.

  • Examples:
    • “If you ________ me your car, I wouldn’t have to walk.” (lend) → If you lent me your car, …”
    • “If Margret didn’t work so hard, she ________ so tired.” (not be) → “… she would not be so tired.”

You can check your results with the button below after you have finished. You may also use the hint button, but note that you will lose points for that. If you still need help with the topic, reread the use of the if clause type 2.

  1. Jason wouldn’t be so angry if Maya on time just once. (arrive)
  2. Carl, I don’t have much time. It would be so nice if you that for me. (can do)
  3. If they didn’t have their own business, they so much work. (not have)
  4. If Jeff worked harder for his exams, he so many. (not fail)
  5. I think my sister is a great writer. If she a book, it would sell very well. (write)
  6. Hanna’s car is very old. She would sell it if she the money to buy a new one. (have)
  7. Christian’s family lives in Canada. He would visit them regularly if they so far away. (not live)
  8. We would have a great view of the valley if we to the observation desk. (go)

Further exercises and explanations relating to the ‘if clauses type 2’

The following exercises and explanations are related to the English ‘if clause type 2 (conditional sentence 2)’ and may also help you: