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What is the progressive form of conditional 2 in English?

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The conditional 2 progressive is used just like the conditional 2, emphasis is only on the duration of the action

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Conditional 2 progressive formation

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would have been + Infinitive + “-ing”

Also, the formation of the conditional 2 progressive is simple. Because from a normal sentence, you just have to write a would have been before your verb and add “-ing” to your verb. However, you must follow the correct English word order.


would not have been +  Infinitive + “-ing”

Accordingly, the negation is not much hard, because you only need to write a not between your would and have been.



As well as in most other progressive tenses there is no irregularity in the conditional 2 progressive.

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What is to be considered in the conditional 2 progressive!

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Spelling rules to “-ing” formation:

Particularly, making verbs with ing at the end is very simple. However, there are few points to consider:


 1. For verbs ending in “-e”:

The “-e” goes away:

  • give becomes giving


2. Verbs ending in “-er”, “-ur”, “-ir”:

The final consonant is doubled:

  • occurs to occurring


3. Monosyllabic verbs ending on a stressed consonant:

As with the second rule, the last consonant is doubled here:

  • get becomes getting
  • swim becomes swimming
  • fit becomes fitting


4. Verbs ending in “-ie”:

For this purpose, the “-ie” is replaced by a “-y” in the formation:

  • lie becomes lying

Don’t get it twisted:

Both “would not” and “I would” are equated with “wouldn’t” or “I’d“.

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Conditional 2 progressive example

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Normal sentence:

I would have been learning.


Negative sentence:

I would not have been learning.  / I wouldn’t not have been learning.



Would I have been learning?

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Conditional 2 progressive signal words

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As with most other progressive tenses, there are no signal words in the conditional 2 progressive.

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How to use conditional 2 progressive!

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  • The usage of conditional 2 progressive is similar to the conditional 2, but here, the emphasis is on the duration of the process, which is to be described.

(Example: I would have been learning for 12 hours if I had not been sad.)

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