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(Updated on 03/09/2016)


Pages complémentaires :

'could' modaux
'if' 'should'
le plus-que-parfait 'wish'
Les rêves  



Flashcards :

  • Super Powers (
    breathe under water, control the weather, climb walls, become invisible, see through walls, shoot lasers, freeze things,
    make force fields, lift anything, run fast, stretch very far, talk to animals, fly, become anything, shrink

    large flash cards, medium flash cards, bingo, a handout
    color pictures with black and white backings:
    medium flash cards, bingo

    Mark's note: This is a good jump to subjunctive practice for a little older students. "I wish I could... " and/or practice of if in a very natural and easy to understand environment "If I could ..., I would ..."



Listening :

  • ** Rebecca : what would you bring on a desert island ?  ** par  Rebecca (Yorkshire, England) - 1er octobre 2011
    Rebecca tells us about the things she would take with her if she had to go on a desert island.
  • How to survive on a desert island
    "Imagine that you were about to start living on a desert island.
    What object would you take to help you in your new life?"
    - with the script


INTERACTIVE exercises :

  • Genki Hip Hop Quiz:
    "If you had a million dollars"

    1) Listen to the song.
    2) Click the correct words.
    3) Count your score.




  • First Conditional - Click on the correct answer.
    - ex: "If you ________ an apple every day, you'll be very healthy."
    1) will eat 2) eat (interactive)

  • First Conditional - Gap-Fill Exercise (interactive) - ex :
    "If you (not study), you (fail) the test."

  • Second Conditional - Click on the correct answer - ex :
    "If he were a young man, he ________ able to walk faster."
    is / was / will be / would be

  • Second Conditional - Type the correct form of each verb - ex :
    "If Joe (be) here, he (catch) some fish for supper."

  • Polite requests - Who would make these requests?
    ex : "Could you tell me how much it costs?
    a) a boss to a secretary
    b) a customer to a sales person
    c) a visitor to a company
    d) a policeman to a prisoner"


Exercises TO PRINT :



  • Pour travailler "would like"- Activités envoyées par Christelle BOLTZ (Ac. Strasbourg) :

    - un transparent qui permet de s'exprimer sur ce que la jeune fille aimerait.

    - un planning d'activités extra-scolaires qui permet aux élèves de dire ce qu ils aimeraient pratiquer.

    - une grille de pair-work.


  • Do not knock!
    "Someone wants to live in that house. What would you tell him ?
    - You'd better repair the roof, etc...

    - You'd better not do the job yourself, etc..."
    OR use the passive voice :
    "It must be repaired..."


  • Animal Families - (
    "If the people in your family were animals, what animals would they be?"... Write a poem
  • DO YOU LOVE ME? (conversation)
    "Good for Young Learners, only one page.
    Do boys and girls understand each other?"
    - utilisation du conditionnel (jeremytaylor)


Lesson plans :




  • Fun tasks and the 1st conditional

  • Melancholia: 2nd Conditional - a lesson
    "Although many people criticized this movie, I really liked it. Thought-provoking, its two different stories hypnotized me until the last scene.
    This activity is to practice the use of the 2nd conditional orally."



  • Yogi Bear: 3rd Conditional - a lesson plan
    "This is a lovely movie, but it was not a real blockbuster. It is a wholesome movie with some interesting moments like the one in this segment."


  • World Builder - a lesson plan
    "This lesson is designed around a beautiful short film by Bruce Branit called World Builder. Students speak and write about a perfect world, and watch a short film.
    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2)3

    Time: 60 minutes...
    Language: Vocabulary related to describing cities and second conditional..."



  • Speed
    - a lesson plan used to teach the third conditional and past perfect.
    "It has to be used with the first twenty minutes of the movie "Speed" (with Keanu Reeves)."

    Activités envoyées par Maitê Oliveira from Brazil.



Conversation Questions :

  • Nepal earthquakes: What I saved from the rubble - with PHOTOS - 25 July 2015
    "If you could save just one object from an earthquake, what would you choose?
    Three months on from the Nepal earthquakes that killed thousands and devastated the capital and its surrounding areas,
    nine survivors tell the stories of the precious items they managed to salvage."

  • If your house was burning, what would you bring with you?

  • Let's play a game ...  IF YOU WERE 
    sent by Corinne Brugière (Ac. Limoges)



  • On a desert island :
    "Travail proposé par Sébastien Méraud, professeur au collège Martin Nadaud de Guéret, à partir du manuel Apple Pie 3ème."
    - avec un
    document iconographique


  • If I could heal the planet earth, I would.....

Poems :


  • Animal Families - (
    "If the people in your family were animals, what animals would they be?"... Write a poem

Songs :
C - D - G - H - I - N - O - P - R - S - T - W - Y

4 songs for dealing with tricky conditional structures
+ 4 Songs for Teaching the 4 English Conditionals

Change The World by Eric Clapton :
"If I could reach the stars I'd pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart so you could see the truth"
- with the
  Chasing cars by Snow Patrol :
"If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?"
  'Don't you cry' by Steven Seagal (lyrics on the CD : Songs from the Crystal Cave)
"Would you feel the same
If I was invisible, untouchable..
I'll be in your ocean
I'll live in the sky
I'll be here forever..."

Genki Hip Hop Quiz:
"If you had a million dollars"

1) Listen to the song.
2) Click the correct words.
3) Count your score.

'Girl it's all right' by Steven Seagal (lyrics on the CD : Songs from the Crystal Cave)
"If I were to say..
Would it make you feel.."
  Grenade - Bruno Mars
"The song is about loving someone so deeply, and the pain of knowing that the person you love does not feel the same.
The actions in this video serve as a metaphor, and should not be taken literally.
I am aware of the power of visual media, and I encourage everyone who watches this video to understand
that it is an artistic interpretation of the song, and not something to imitate." - Bruno Mars

+ the LYRICS :
"Easy come, easy go
That's just how you live, oh...
Should've known you was trouble from the first kiss, ...
I’d catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Throw my hand on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’d jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah , yeah)
You know I'd do anything for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)..."





Heavy On My Heart by Anastacia :
"If I could paint a picture of this melody
It would be a violin without its strings...
I never thought that I would touch an angel's wings"

  Holiday by Madonna :
"If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice"
I'd rather :
El Condor Pasa by Simon and Garfunkel :
"I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would
I'd rather be
a hammer than a nail..."
  If by Pink Floyd (
"If I were a swan, I'd be gone.
If I were a train, I'd be late.
And if I were a good man,
I'd talk with you..."

+ VIDEO (YouTube)



If Everyone Cared - sung by Nickelback
A song that shows that a single person can make the world a better place.

- WITH LYRICS to your right
"If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
We'd see the day when nobody died..."



  James Vincent McMorrow - If I had a Boat
The lyrics are under the video.
"If i had a boat, i would sail to you
Hold u in my arms, ask you to be true"



If I Had a Hammer by Peter, Paul and Mary

  If I Had a Million Dollars - Barenaked Ladies :
"If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you a house (I would buy you a house)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you furniture for your house
(Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman)
If I Had $1000000 (If I Had $1000000)
I'd buy you a K-Car (a nice Reliant automobile)
If I Had $1000000 I'd buy your love..."

- the VIDEO (YouTube)



  If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me by Bellamy Brothers :
"if I swore you were an angel would you treat me like the devil tonight
if I were dying on thirst would your flowing love come quench me...
I could ask a lot of crazy questions"
  If I Wanted To by Melissa Etheridge :
"If I wanted to, I could run fast as a train
Be as sharp as a needle that's twisting your brain...
If I wanted to, I could be as patient as death"
  If I was a river by Tina Arena :
"If I was the sun
I would shine my light
To light your world
If I was the rain
I would wash your tears away..."
  If I were a boy - sung by Beyonce + LYRICS :
"If I were a boy
Even just for a day
I'd roll outta bed in the morning
And throw on what I wanted then go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls..."

  If I Were A Rich Man sung by Topol :
"If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn't have to work hard...
I'd build a big tall house with rooms by the dozen...
I'd fill my yard with chicks and turkeys and geese..."

- the VIDEO with subtitles (YouTube)



  If I Were You by Hoobastank :
"If I were you
Holding the world right in my hands
The first thing I'd do
Is thank the stars above
Tell the ones I love
Take a breath and enjoy the view
Live the life that I wanted to"
  If I was president - by Wyclef Jean (YouTube)
- the LYRICS :
"If I was president,
I'd get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday...
An old man told me, instead of spending billions on the war,
we can use some of that money, in the ghetto."




  If There's Any Justice by Lemar or James Blunt :
"I would be your man,
You would be my girl"
  If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot

If You're Not The One by Daniel Bedingfield :
"And I hope you are the one I share my life with
And I wish that you could be the one I die with
And I pray in you're the one I build my home with
I hope I love you all my life"
VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Activités autour de la chanson 'If you were a sailboat' by Katie Melua - Niveau : 4ème / 3ème
    envoyées par Françoise Chapellier (Ac. de La Réunion)
    - Worksheet 1 : travail de discrimination et compréhension
    - Worksheet 2 : activités autour du conditionnel
    - Créations des élèves de 3ème
    - Lyrics
    Watch the VIDEO (YouTube)

  • Katie Melua - 'If You Were A Sailboat' (YouTube)
    - the lyrics :
    "If you were a cowboy I would trail you,
    If you were a piece of wood I'd nail you to the floor,
    If you were a sailboat I would sail you to the shore,
    If you were a river I would swim you,
    If you were a house I would live in you all my days,
    If you were a preacher I would begin to change my ways, ..."


    Katie Melua - 'If You Were A Sailboat'
    - a worksheet

  If You Were A Woman by Bonnie Tyler :
"If you were a woman and I was a man
Would it be so hard to understand
That a heart's a heart and we do what we can"

  It Should Have Been Me by Andreas Johnson :
"When the ring is on your finger, and he wants you to get undressed
Will you fall into his arms, will you set his spirit free, will he ever get to know...
It should have been me..."
New Kid in Town by The Eagles :
"There's so many things you should have told her"
Octopus's Garden
- with the lyrics
"I'd like to be under the sea...
We would sing and dance around...
We would be so happy you and me ..."


  Oh Lori by Alessi Brothers :
"I'd like to stay in love with you
All summer and after fall...
I'd like to ride my bicycle with you
On the handlebars
You'd laugh and run away
And I'd chase you through the meadow
Without you I'd die"
On my shoulders - sung by The Do (YouTube)
- the LYRICS
"Why would I carry such a weight on my shoulders?...
Why would you try to make me friends with them soldiers...
And you should know that in my heart you fill every corner...
Why would I have to quit if time makes me older...
How could I tell them that I'll never let go..."


Painter Song by Norah Jones :
"If I were a painter
I would paint my reverie..."

IF sentences.... and the Conditional with the song 'Painter' by Nora Jones (absolutenglish-972)
- interactive exercises

  Rich Girl sung by Gwen Stefani
"If I was a rich girl ...
See, I'd have all the money in the world, if I was a wealthy girl
No man could test me, impress me, my cash flow would never ever end

- the VIDEO (YouTube)


She's Not There by The Zombies (
"How would I know, why should I care?
- the VIDEO (YouTube)


Cats on Trees - "Sirens call" (YouTube) + LYRICS (


  Stranded By Lutricia McNeal :
"I wish that you were here by my side...
if i could right the wrongs that i did,
I would give it all to you"

The Black Keys - Turn Blue (YouTube) + LYRICS :
"In the dead of the night I start to lose control
But I still carry the weight like I've always done before
I really don't think you know
There could be hell below, below...
I could dream ahead before my world turn blue
And the light inside would only shine for you"



  Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton :
"Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven?..."
  The First Cut Is The Deepest by Rod Stewart :
"I would have given you all of my heart"

The Zombie Song - Stéphanie Mabey (YouTube)
"If I were a zombie, 
I’d never eat your brain.
I’d just want your heart."



  Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce
  What If God Was One Of Us by Joan Osborne :
"If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that
you would have to believe
in things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints
and all the prophets..."
Watch the VIDEO (YouTube)

  Would I Lie To You? by Eurythmics :
"Would I lie to you honey?
Now would I say something that wasn't true?...

  Wouldn't it be good by Nik Kershaw :
"Wouldn't it be good to be in your shoes..."

  Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys ( :
"Wouldn't it be nice if we were older
Then we wouldn't have to wait so long
And wouldn't it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong..."

You And Me (in My Pocket) by Milow
"I wish you smelled a little funny...
I sometimes wish you were a mermaid
I could raise you in the tub at home
It would be only you and me...
I wish you were a little bigger...
I often wish that you had feathers
I’d keep you in a giant cage...
I wish you were a little slower...
I really wish that you were smaller...
So I could put you in my pocket
And carry you around all day"


+ the VIDEO (YouTube)

Animations :

  • The Wand - FLASH animation (



Cartoons :

- a cartoon


See Cartoons (with 'could')

Jokes :


Stories :


Videos :


  • 0-100: Change the World
    "We brought in people ages 0-100 to answer some of life’s big questions. Well, technically, we couldn’t find anyone 100 years old
    - but we did find a gentleman who is 105. In this second episode, we asked the question, "how would you change the world?"


  • Memory box
    "What would you take with you if forced to leave your home?...
    As part of a series, BBC News spoke to people around the world who have been forced to leave their homes
    about the items they chose to take with them."


  • Love Story - an ad -  From Publicis advertising agency in Indonesia. 
    "If only I had... , such tragedy would never have happened."


  • Costa Coffee 'Monkeys & Typewriters' Ad + Transcript + Related sites + Footnotes
    "A brilliant ad from a marketing point of view—and from language teaching point of view, since it contains examples of the first and second conditionals..."

    Also on YouTube