Conditional Simple: Form

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Form: Conditional Simple

For a full breakdown of the structure of the Conditional Simple, please see Recognise: Conditional Simple.


WOULD + BARE INFINITIVE

I would study


If you have problems forming the tense I propose this sequence, GO BACKWARDS!

  • BACKWARDS
  • First the Voice and then Aspects
    1. Take the tense to form, eg Past Perfect Passive of To FINISH
    2. What is the Passive of To FINISH? To BE finished
    3. What is the Perfect of To BE? To HAVE been finished
    4. TO HAVE BEEN FINISHED is the Perfect Passive of To Finish
  • Next going backwards is the MODAL,TENSE or STRUCTURE
    1. PAST Perfect Passive =
    2. HAD been finished
    3. CONDITIONAL Perfect Passive =
    4. WOULD have been finished
    5. PRESENT Perfect Passive =
    6. HAVE / HAS been finished
  • Next the PERSON
    • Now add the person, changing form where necessary
    • THEY + Past Perfect Passive
    • THEY HAD been finished
    • THEY + Conditional Perfect Passive
    • THEY WOULD have been finished
    • THEY + Present Perfect Passive
    • THEY HAVE been finished
  • M = MODIFY
    • Finally we look at the last modifiers:
    • Mood (indicative, interrogative, imperative)
    • Polarity (Positive or Negative)
    • Contractions (if you want a more informal style)
    • Changing where necessary.
    • Negative of They would come = THEY WOULDN'T COME
    • Question of We arrived = DID WE ARRIVE?
    • Negative Question of You should have come = SHOULD YOU NOT HAVE COME?

Forming the Conditional Simple...


PERSON she
TYPE positive
VERB to go
Tense/Modal/Structure Conditional
ASPECT(s) Simple
VOICE Active
BACKWARDS
SIMPLE TO GO
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
CONDITIONAL WOULD GO
PERSON
CONJUGATE SHE would go
MODIFY
NEGATIVE X
QUESTION X
ANSWER:
She would go

PERSON They
TYPE Question
VERB To eat
Tense/Modal/Structure Conditional
ASPECT(s) Simple
VOICE Active
BACKWARDS
SIMPLE TO EAT
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
CONDITIONAL WOULD eat
PERSON
CONJUGATE THEY would eat
MODIFY
NEGATIVE X
QUESTION WOULD THEY eat?
ANSWER:
Would they eat?

PERSON You
TYPE Negative Question
VERB To cook
Tense/Modal/Structure Conditional
ASPECT(s) Simple
VOICE Active
BACKWARDS
SIMPLE TO COOK
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
CONDITIONAL WOULD cook
PERSON
CONJUGATE YOU would cook
MODIFY
NEGATIVE YOU WOULDN'T cook
QUESTION WOULDN'T YOU cook?
ANSWER:
Wouldn't you cook?

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You
Negative
To Order
Conditional
Simple
Active

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Answer


You'd not order
You wouldn't order
You would not order

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