Mixed Conditionals

Mixed conditionals are those unreal conditional sentences whose time in the if-clause is different than the time in the main-clause. Let's first have a look at unreal conditional sentences:

  • If she were shorter, she would be more attractive.
  • I am busy next week. If I had time, I would come to your party.
  • If they hadn't trained hard, they wouldn't have won.

As you can see, they refer to the same time: the present, the future or the past. If we mix the sentences, we get mixed conditionals.

Past and Present
  • If my father hadn't lost his keys, we wouldn't have to wait until he finds them.
    But my father lost his keys and therefore we have to wait until he finds them.
  • If I had installed an anti-virus, my computer wouldn't be so slow now.
    But I didn't install an anti-virus and therefore my computer is so slow now.
  • If our house had been broken into, we would be very sad.
    But our house wasn't broken into and we aren't sad.
Past and Future
  • If our house had been broken into, we would call the police.
    But our house wasn't broken into and we are not going to call police.
  • If we had won the lottery last week, we would buy a new sofa today.
    But we didn't win the lottery and we are not going to buy a new sofa today.
Present and Past
  • If I were smarter, I would have graduated from Stanford.
    But I am not smarter and therefore I didn't graduate from Stanford.
  • If Mary weren't a snob, she wouldn't have had so many parties this year.
    But Mary is a snob and therefore she had so many parties this year.
Present and Future
  • If you were more eloquent, you would become a politician.
    But I am not more eloquent and I won't become a politician.
  • If you had more time, I would go to the cinema with you.
    But you don't have more time and I won't go to the cinema with you.

 Soon the rest of mixed conditionals.

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