The third site is not talking about the second conditional.Originally Posted by harry1999;776840
Those sites covered it reasonably.Can you tell me the correct use of second conditional in English?
#1 to #4 are not second conditionals.These are some examples:
1. If you had a good time with ABC hotel, ring the bell.
2. If interested, apply for this job.
3. If you didn't register for a BBC ID then somebody else may type in your email address by accident. If this has happened you can ignore this email.
4. Forgive me If was wrong.
The second conditional generally consists of an if + past tense clause and a clause containing a modal verb:
5. If I had a lot of money, I wouldn't be living in this dump.
6. If my father took us America next month, I might be able to visit you in New York.
In #5, we have an unreal present situation, in #6 we have a not very likely future situation. - classic second conditionals.
In #1, it is possible that 'you' had a good time.
In #2, it is possible that 'you' are interested.
in #3 it is possible that 'you' didn't register.
in #4. It is possible that 'I' was wrong.
When we are dealing with past possibilities, we cannot use second conditionals; as I noted above, we use these for present unreal, and future unlikely, possibilities.
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