Conditional sentences for present and past imagination

Hypothetical imagination is closely associated with different forms of conditional sentences. It ranges from present realistic imagination to the irreversible missed opportunities of the past. Obviously, conditional sentences are inseparable part of our daily routines. Hence, in this blog, I have decided to answer, “Conditional sentences for present and past imagination.” by using subordinating conjunctions of conditions.

Conditional sentences for present and past imagination

First of all, as a human being or natural instinct, we  used to dream, aspire, desire, or imagine about a thing that we mostly like or dislike.
If you notice a situation in which some innocent children are  begging for survival at the traffic signal, then you will definitely think in your mind that,

“If I were a rich person, I would send them school.” Or I would save theirs childhood.

But, the real condition is that you are there for a while due to traffic signal. There is no dearth of such incidents in your daily life and whenever you encounter with such incidents, you start imagining.

1. Conditional sentence for present imagination

If you are aspiring to be a scientist or a player, then you imagine like,
“If I study carefully, I will achieve my dream.”
If we practice well, we will win the game.
If we fail to practice properly, we will loose the game.”
Here you are just imagining about the possibility that may become true or false, but can be realistic or realized as well.

The association of “if and will” is very essential.
Comma is also used to separate both clauses.

2. Use of comma to separate two clauses

As a general pattern,
Comma is used to separate two clauses-main clause and dependant clauses.
Subordinate clause is taken at the beginning with “If” conjunction. If is known as conditional, as well as  subordinate conjunction.
But, sometimes “If” can be taken in the middle of the sentence without comma.

3. Negative sense of conditional sentences

Imagination can be both negative or positive. If you imagine like,

“It doesn’t rain, crop will wilt. Or
If it rains, crop will survive.”

In this way we can imagine in the either of way. “If and will” association help us to express imaginative possibilities effectively.

4. Conditional sentences for past imagination

We express many imaginative conditions that we cannot reverse but with present sense for satisfaction. Like earlier mentioned example:-

If I were a rich person, I would help poor children.


If I were a police officer; I would eliminate total crime.

This is different condition compare to present realistic imagination.
In the present imagination, you are in the position to realize your dreams, but in the past imagination, your are in the present but imagining about past to correct present.
In the past imagination, you are imagining about your inabilities to recorrect present because you haven’t done better in the past.

Here, You should not get confused with third conditional sentences in which both conditions express past missed chance.

5. Conditional sentences for missed opportunities

In the third conditional sentences, you are imagining about past inabilities, as well as past opportunity to correct. As an example:-

  • If you were the member of football world cup team and due to poor practice, you lost an opportunity to win the title, then in such scenario, you would definitely  imagine like:-
If we had practiced persistently, we would have won the title.
If we had made a little more effort; we would have become the world champion.

But, in reality you neither practiced nor won the title. It is only part of expressing regret about past mistakes or missed opportunities.
These are three common conditional sentences for present and past imagination.

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