“If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady….”
What is an if phrase?
If I go to the Bahamas, I will never come
If I went to the Bahamas, I would never come
How do you make one?
If #1= present + future.
• If I go to the Bahamas, I will never come home.
If #2= Past + conditional.
• If I went to the Bahamas, I would never come
• If #3= Past perfect with the conditional perfect.
• If I had won the lottery, I would have bought a
When do I use it?
Use the present/future combination if you are seriously
• If I give Mr. Pasley a tamale, he will be happy.
Use the past/conditional combination if you are dreaming
• If I gave Mr. Pasley a tamale, he would give me an A.
Use the past perfect/conditional perfect if you are thinking
how things could have been different in the past.
• If I had given Mr. Pasley a tamale, he would not have
3 sentences using the present/future
3 sentences using the past/conditional
3 sentences using past perfect/ conditional
You cannot use the same verb in the if phrase.