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    Sentence structure help

    Please could you explain the structures of these sentences:

    If I were taller, I'd be a good basketball player.

    If I hadn't had a nose job, I wouldn't have become a model



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    Re: Sentence structure help

    Sentence 1 is what we call conditional type 2. We use If+simple past(were)+<would+infinitive>( would be). Here It is possible but very unlikely that the condition (be taller) will be fulfilled.

    Sentence 2 is an example of conditional 3. We use If+ past perfect(hadn't had)+<Would+have+past participle>(wouldn't have become). Here It is impossible that the condition will be fulfilled because it refers to the past.

    Hope that helps.


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    Re: Sentence structure help

    Thank you for the help.
    but could you tell me what activities I could do to help to practice these structures?
    thanks


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    Re: Sentence structure help

    Put the verbs between brackets in the correct tense is a good way to practise that.

    Do this:

    If I (work) hard, I (pass) the test.

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