Lesson 55

Women and the Third Conditional Tense

Level: Upper Intermediate
Lesson contents:
  • Conditional tenses.
  • One of many phrasal verbs using hold: "hold on" (with 4 definitions of this single phrasal verb).
  • Carlos and Steve: What should they have done?
  • Ralationships.

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Exercises for this lesson:
How to do the lessons:
  1. Watch the video without subtitles.
  2. Do all the Exercises.
  3. Come back to this page.
  4. Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!

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Women and the Third Conditional Tense

Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1

Same video with Precise Subtitles



What's the biggest mistake you've ever made? What's the worst decision you've ever made? The answers concern women and the 3rd conditional tense.

Conditionals are a bit complicated. I made a table in the first exercise which will hopefully help students understand the different conditional tenses.

In our first example, Carlos says that he would not have got divorced if he had known the consequences. He would have made an effort to stay married. he would have held on (to his former wife).

Sid is less forthcoming, telling us simply that his worst decisions concerned prior relationships with women. Steve, on the other hand, tells us very specifically that he should have married a certain girl 6 years ago. The interviewer replies Ohhh. Is there any recovery from that bad decision? Obviously not. Life goes on.