1 I've hung out the clothes. It's lovely and sunny; if it (stay) like this they (be) dry in two hours.
2 French is essential in this job. All the telephonists speak it. If they (not know) French they (not understand) half the callers.
3 How did you do in the car rally? ~
We came in last actually; but only because we got lost. If we (not got) lost we (come) in
somewhere in the middle. We certainly (not be) last.
4 I wasn't really surprised that we got lost because I knew that the navigator couldn't map-read. ~ But if you (know) that why you (take) him as navigator?
5 This flat would be all right if the people above us (not be) so noisy.
6 A group of spectators, including myself, left the stand just before the end of the game. When we were half way down the stairs a goal was scored and there was a great cheer from the spectators. If there (not be) a goal the crowd (not cheer).
7 If the crowd (not cheer) we (not run) back up the stairs to see what had happened.
8 If we (not run) back we (not crash) into the rest of the spectators on their way down, and there (not be) this frightful accident.
9 If the pain (return) you'd better take another pill.
10 If you aren't going to live in the house why you (not sell) it? If I (have) a house I couldn't use I (sell) it at once.
11 No, I didn't know any Russian at that time. ~ But if you (not know) Russian why you (offer) to give him Russian lessons? ~ Because I knew that he (refuse). He always rejected my offers.
12 Tell him to bring his bicycle inside. If he (leave) it outside someone (steal) it.
13 Why do people always wear dark clothes at night? If pedestrians (wear) light coloured clothes drivers (see) them much more easily.
14 She must have loved him very much because she waited for him for fifteen years.
If she (not love) him she (not wait) so long.
15 He looked so small and weak that nobody asked him to do anything. If he (look) strong he (be) expected to dig all day like everyone else.
16 The government are talking of pulling the village down to make room for an airport. ~ If they (start) doing it the village people (resist)?
17 If you are catching an early train tomorrow you (like) to have breakfast at 7.00?
18 We'll have to break the ice on the pond; otherwise the ducks (not be able) to swim. And if they (not be able) to swim they (not be able) to get food.
(Use can/could forms where possible.)
19 When he left school he became a fisherman. His family didn't like it at all. They (be) much happier if he (become) a greengrocer like his father.
20 They still say that if he (go) into the greengrocery business when he left school he (be) comfortably off now instead of being poor.
21 But he says that if he (have) his life again he (make) the same choice.
22 So many parcels and no baskets! If I (know) that we were going to buy so much I (bring) a basket.
23 No one bathes here. The water is heavily polluted. If you (bathe) in it you (be) ill for a fortnight.
24 I can hear the speaker all right but I wish I could see him too. ~ If he (stand) on a barrel we all (see) him and that (be) much better.
25 Look at poor Tom trying to start his car by hand again! If I (be) Tom I (get) a new battery.
26 I expect you'll see Jack at the lecture tonight. If you (do) you please (remind) him about tomorrow's meeting?
27 The headmaster decided that Peter was the culprit and expelled him from the school. A more intelligent man (realize) that Peter couldn't have been guilty. (If the headmaster had been more intelligent he . . . .)
28 But I blame the real culprit even more. If he (admit) his guilt Peter (not be) expelled.
29 The only thing I haven't got is a balcony. If I (have) a balcony I (grow) plants in pots. Then my flat (be) perfect!
30 Jack rang while you were out. ~ Oh dear! If I (know) he was going to ring I (stay) at home.
31 My unmarried friends are always telling me how to bring up my children. I sometimes think that if they (have) children they (make) just as many mistakes as I do.
32 (At a cinema) Ann: Don't worry. They get married in the end. Mary: Then you've seen it before' If you (tell) me that we (go) to something else!
33 Be careful about the time. If you (spend) too long on the first question you (not have) enough time to do the others properly.
34 We had a lot of trouble putting the tent up. If it (not be) so windy perhaps it (not be) quite so difficult.
35 Ann (sitting beside her open fire): I love open fires; if I (have) nothing but a radiator to sit beside I (get) quite depressed.
36 Lucy, a student at a residential college: Couldn't I leave the hostel and get a flat, mother?
Mother: No, you couldn't. I know very well what (happen) if you (have) a flat. You
(play) the guitar all night and (miss) your classes in the morning; then you (fail) your
exams and (have) to repeat the year. And you (not feed) yourself properly and (get)
run down. And then you (catch) some infection and (die) of it, and we (have) to leave
this district as the neighbours (keep) saying that we had caused you death by letting
you have your own way!
2 Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tenses.
1 If you (find) a skeleton in the cellar don't mention it to anyone.
2 If you pass your examination we (have) a celebration.
3 What (happen) if I press this button?
4 I should have voted for her if I (have) a vote then.
5 If you go to Paris where you (stay)?
6 If someone offered to buy you one of those rings, which you (choose)?
7 The flight may be cancelled if the fog (get) thick.
8 If the milkman (come) tell him to leave two pints.
9 Someone (sit) on your glasses if you leave them there.
10 You would play better bridge if you (not talk) so much.
11 What I (do) if I hear the burglar alarm?
12 If you (read) the instructions carefully you wouldn't have answered the wrong question.
13 I could repair the roof myself if I (have) a long ladder.
14 Unless they turn that radio off I (go) mad.
15 If you were made redundant what you (do)?
16 We'll have a long way to walk if we (run) out of petrol here.
17 If you shake that bottle of port it (not be) fit to drink.
18 I'll probably get lost unless he (come) with me.
19 You (not have) so many accidents if you drove more slowly.
20 If you (wear) a false beard nobody would have recognized you.
21 If she (leave) the fish there the car will get it.
22 Unless they leave a lamp beside that hole in the road somebody into it.
23 You'll get pneumonia if you (not change) your wet clothes.
24 If I had known that you couldn't eat octopus I (not buy) it.
25 If they (hang) that picture lower people would be able to see it.
26 She (be able) to walk faster if her shoes hadn't such high heels.
27 I (bring) you some beer if I had known that you were thirsty.
28 If you had touched that electric cable you (be) electrocuted.
29 If the story hadn't been true the newspaper (not print) it.
30 I (not buy) things on the installment system if I were you.
31 Dial 999 if you (want) Police, Ambulance, or Fire Brigade.
32 You (not be) any use to me unless you learn to type.
33 If anyone attacked me, my dog (jump) at his throat.
34 If he were in he (answer) the phone.
35 The ship would have run aground if the pilot (make) one mistake.
36 I shouldn't have taken your umbrella if I (know) that it was the only one you had.