If - second conditional
Two events: both imagined
First event: imagine it has happened (past tense because you imagine it's happened)
Second event: what you would do if the first event happened (conditional tense because it follows the first but is not guaranteed to happen)
Second Conditional - Explain
An imagined event that has happened.
An imagined event in the future, in relation to event 1.
Uses a modal verb because it is not certain to happen. Event 1 is imagined.
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If + subject + past tense verb phrase, modal verb + present tense verb phrase
Subject + modal verb + present tense verb phrase if + past tense verb phrase
If I went here...
I would eat this.
went to my favourite restaurant
would eat steak
If I went to my favourite restaurant, I would eat steak.
I would eat steak if I went to my favourite restaurant.
If I bought this...