Conditional Continuous: Recognise

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Recognise & Form: Conditional Continuous


Structures of Conditional Continuous

Let's first have a look at the structure of the Conditional Continuous in terms of the various grammatical moods (indicative, interrogative, imperative) and in terms of polarity (positive and negative).

WOULD + BE + -ING (Present Participle)

Positive Structures
indicative I would be cooking.
indicative contracted You'd be working.
interrogative Would she be eating?

Negative Structures
indicative We would not be sleeping.
indicative contracted (1) They wouldn't be walking.
indicative contracted (2) I'd not be driving.
interrogative Would you not be relaxing?
interrogative contracted Wouldn't he be managing?
imperative NOT APPLICABLE

RECOGNISE: Conditional Continuous

If students would like a methodical approach to being sure that they know what tense they are looking at then I propose something like this (The "I.F. + A'Loop"):

The "IF and A'loop" Recognise Model

Use I.F. - To get Tense/Modal and to Convert to the Tense Infinitive

  1. INDICATIVE: convert to the indicative form
    • QUESTION: "Can you go?" => "You can go."
    • NEGATIVE: "They didn't travel." => "They travelled"
    • NB - The auxiliary 'DO DID etc' will disappear.
    • IMPERATIVE: "Run" => "You run."
  2. FIRST WORDS
    • First Word is the Person (1st 2nd 3rd, Singular or Plural)
    • Note and Remove
    • Second Word is the Tense or the Modal or start of a Special Structure?
    • MODAL: Note and Remove
    • SPECIAL STRUCTURE: Note and Remove
    • TENSE (Past or Present): Note and Convert to Bare infinitive
    • (eg HAD => HAVE, RAN =>RUN, WAS => BE, etc)

Let's use I.F. with the Conditional Continuous

She wouldn't be worrying.
Negative? Question? Click me! Negative.
Indicative Click me! She would be worrying.
Person Click me! 3rd
Tense/Modal/Special Structure Click me! WOULD (CONDITIONAL)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE WORRYING
Wouldn't they be playing?
Negative? Question? Click me! Negative Question
Indicative Click me! They would be playing.
Person Click me! 3rd
Tense/Modal Click me! WOULD (CONDITIONAL)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE PLAYING
Would we be paying?
Negative? Question? Click me! Question
Indicative Click me! We would be paying
Person Click me! 1st
Tense/Modal Click me! WOULD (CONDITIONAL)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE PAYING

Many times it is possible to see the Infinitive Form of the tense quickly, next is the Auxiliary Loop (A'Loop).

The A'Loop to Find the Tense

  1. Is the FIRST WORD: the LAST word?
    • This is the verb!!!
  2. ...if not...

    The FIRST WORD is BE or HAVE!

    The second word is -ING or Past Participle!

  3. Is the FIRST WORD: HAVE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PERFECT Aspect.
    • Note and Remove HAVE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again
  4. Is the FIRST WORD: BE followed by -ing?
    • This is the CONTINUOUS Aspect.
    • Note and Remove BE
    • Convert the -ING to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again
  5. Is the FIRST WORD: BE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PASSIVE Voice.
    • Note and Remove BE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again (Must be last word)
  6. Is the FIRST WORD: HAVE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PERFECT Aspect.
    • Note and Remove HAVE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again

Let's use the A'Loop with the Conditional Continuous!

BE TALKING
LAST WORD? HAVE + PP? BE + -ING? BE + PP?
= Verb = Perfect = Continuous = Passive
? NO ? NO ? YES ?
Convert -ING/PP to INFINITIVE -dont use if ended
Click me! TALK
LAST WORD? HAVE + PP? BE + -ING? BE + PP?
= Verb = Perfect = Continuous = Passive
? YES ? ? ?
The Verb is TO TALK

Form: Conditional Continuous

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Question


Would they be going today?

VERB?
Tense/Modal/Structure
ASPECT(s)
VOICE


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Answer


To Go
Would (Conditional)
Continuous
Active

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