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English Grammar Pattern 82
Conditions using "Could"

Model Sentences

A. (1) If I (2) were rich, I (3) could buy lots of wonderful things.

B. I (1) could buy lots of wonderful things (2) if I (3) were rich.

Grammar Pattern 82 uses "could" to express something that is not possible. It can be used when we are dreaming of something or imagining something that probably will not be true, at least for now. (Maybe someday, though!)

Pronunciation Practice - Repeat each sentence out loud!

1. If I had more money, I could start my own business.
2. If she weren't sick, she could come with us.
3. We could be very successful if customers like our idea.
4. We could move to California if we lose our jobs.
5. If I weren't so tired, I could continue working.
Conversation Practice - Ask these questions to your friends!
1. What could you do if you had a million dollars?
2. Where could you move to if you didn't have your current job?
3. How long could you work if you never had to sleep?
4. What could you say to your girlfriend (or boyfriend) if you had a fight?
5. Who could you talk to if you had a very serious problem?

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