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What is conditional 2 simple?

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The conditional 2 simple is mainly used for the subjunctive 2 in English. Furthermore, the conditional 2 in English is used in the type 3 IF-Sentence, which contains an impossible condition

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Conditional perfect formation

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Regular formation of conditional perfect

would have + Infinitive + „-ed“

The formation of the Conditional 2 is also simple. Because from a normal sentence, you just have to write would have in front of your verb and add “-ed” to your verb. However, you must follow the correct English word order.


would not have +  Infinitive + „-ed“

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



In contrast to the usage, or the general apprehension, there are no irregularities in the conditional 2 in English!

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What has to be considered in the conditional perfect tense!

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1. Verbs whose end is a consonant + “-y”:

Here, the “-y” becomes an “-i”:

  • tidy becomes tidied


2. Ends the verb with “-e”.

This eliminates the “-e”:

  • love becomes loved
  • like becomes liked


3. Ends the verb with “-er”,”-ur” or “-ir“:

Thus, the “-r” doubles in the formation:

  • prefer becomes preferred


4. Ends the verb on a consonant with a simple, short, emphasized vowel:

This doubles the consonant.

  • stop becomes stopped

(Vowel = a, e, i, o, u)



Just no confusion:

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

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Conditional 2 simple examples

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Normal sentences

I would have learned.


Negative sentences

I would not have learned.  /  I wouldn’t have learned.


interrogative sentence

Would I have learned?

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Conditional 2 simple signal words

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Therefore, the first use (If-sentences) must have an If. However, there are no real signal words per se.

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How to use conditional perfect!

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  • As a result, the conditional 2 is used in the main clause of a type 3 IF-sentence, which contains an impossible condition.
  • Moreover, the conditional perfect is still used in subjunctive 2.

(Example: We would have won anyone.)

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About me

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Hey, formerly I thought that learning languages was an innate one. Either you can speak English perfectly or not and no matter how much you learn – “I do not write a good grade in English anyway.” But I quickly learned that you do not know everything in your mother tongue.


After a while, I gave myself one last chance to learn English. Only this time I limited myself to the essential points.

That means for me verbs: the form – examples – signal words & the usage

This method enabled me to learn English faster than ever before.


Since then I know that learning to talk is not innate. And through that realization, my visionhas become to offer other students the opportunity to learn English, just like I did back then. Now I ask you to help me by sharing this article with your friends! Thanks a lot!


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