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    Second Conditional Form Structure

    Good day, I hope that someone can please help me to check the accuracy of the following language analysis on the second conditional?

    Example: If I were stranded on a desert island, I would be terrified!

    Formula: If + past + would / could / might + verb

    In positive sentences use:
    IF + SUB + PAST SIMPLE + ......................................, SUB + WOULD + INFINITIVE.
    If I got stranded on a desert island, I would be terrified.
    Or
    SUB + WOULD + INFINITIVE + IF + SUB + PAST SIMPLE ………………………………
    I would be terrified if I got stranded on a desert island.

    In negative sentences use:
    IF + SUB + NOT + PAST SIMPLE + ..........................., SUB + WOULD + NOT + INFINITIVE.
    If I didn't get stranded on a desert island, I wouldn’t be terrified.
    Or
    SUB + WOULD + NOT + INFINITIVE, IF + SUB + NOT + PAST SIMPLE + .....................
    I wouldn’t be terrified, if I didn’t get stranded on a desert island.

    In questions use:
    IF + SUB + PAST SIMPLE + ................................, WOULD + SUB + INFINITIVE?
    If I were stranded on a desert island, would I be terrified?
    Or
    WOULD + SUB + INFINITIVE + IF + SUB + PAST SIMPLE + ................................?
    Would I be terrified if I were stranded on a desert island?

    Corrections from a grammar expert will be truly appreciated!

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    Re: Second Conditional Form Structure


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