Test Your Understanding: The Third Conditional Quiz

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Get ready to test your understanding of the third conditional with this amazing quiz. When it comes to talking about situations that are in the past and unreal according to the English language, we use the third conditional structure. Some people have a hard time using this structure of sentences and end up making grammatical mistakes. The quiz below is designed to help you understand these types of sentences. Give it a try and get some practice!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     I .................. you, if you .................. me.

    • A.

      Would have helped, had asked

    • B.

      Had helped, would have asked

    • C.

      Would have helped, would have asked

    • D.

      Am helped, would ask

    Correct Answer
    A. Would have helped, had asked
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "would have helped, had asked". This answer follows the structure of a conditional sentence, where the first part expresses a hypothetical situation in the past ("would have helped") and the second part expresses the condition that should have been met in order for the hypothetical situation to occur ("had asked"). In this case, it suggests that the speaker would have helped if the person had asked for assistance.

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  • 2. 

     If they .................. earlier, they .................. the train.

    • A.

      Would have left, had caught

    • B.

      Had left, had caught

    • C.

      Had left, would have caught

    • D.

      Left, would catch

    Correct Answer
    C. Had left, would have caught
    Explanation
    This question is testing the understanding of conditional sentences and the correct use of verb tenses. The sentence is in the past unreal conditional form, indicating a hypothetical situation in the past. "Had left" is the correct past perfect tense to indicate an action that happened before another past action. "Would have caught" is the correct conditional perfect tense to indicate the hypothetical result of the past action. Therefore, the correct answer is "had left, would have caught."

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  • 3. 

    If you .................. more, you .................. so tired.

    • A.

      Had slept, hadn't been

    • B.

      Had slept, wouldn't have been

    • C.

      Would have slept, wouldn't have been

    • D.

      Had been slept, would have been

    Correct Answer
    B. Had slept, wouldn't have been
    Explanation
    If you had slept more, you wouldn't have been so tired. This sentence is a conditional statement in the past unreal condition. It suggests that if the person had slept more in the past, the result would have been that they wouldn't have been as tired as they currently are. The use of "had slept" in the conditional clause indicates a past unreal condition, and "wouldn't have been" in the result clause indicates the hypothetical outcome of that condition.

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  • 4. 

    If she .................. to Greenland, she .................. some igloos.

    • A.

      Had been, had seen

    • B.

      Would have been, had seen

    • C.

      Had been, would have seen

    • D.

      Has passed, would have studied

    Correct Answer
    C. Had been, would have seen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had been, would have seen". This is because the sentence is in the past unreal conditional form, indicating a hypothetical situation in the past. "Had been" is the past perfect tense, indicating that she had already been to Greenland. "Would have seen" is the conditional perfect tense, indicating that if she had been to Greenland, she would have seen some igloos.

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  • 5. 

     He .................. the exam if he .................. harder.

    • A.

      Had passed, would have studied

    • B.

      Would have passed, had studied

    • C.

      Had passed, had studied

    • D.

      Would pass, had studied

    Correct Answer
    B. Would have passed, had studied
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "would have passed, had studied". This answer uses the conditional structure "would have passed" to indicate a hypothetical situation in the past. It also uses the past perfect tense "had studied" to show that studying should have been done before the exam.

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  • 6. 

     If I .................. an umbrella, I .................. wet.

    • A.

      Had taken, wouldn't have got

    • B.

      Had taken, had got

    • C.

      Would have taken, hadn't got

    • D.

      Had been, would have got

    Correct Answer
    A. Had taken, wouldn't have got
    Explanation
    If the person had taken an umbrella, they wouldn't have gotten wet. This implies that the person did not take an umbrella and as a result, they got wet. The use of "had taken" indicates a past unrealized condition, and "wouldn't have got" suggests the outcome that would have happened if the condition had been met.

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  • 7. 

    If they .................. on holiday in June, the weather .................. better.

    • A.

      Were, would have been

    • B.

      Would have been, would have been

    • C.

      Had been, would have been

    • D.

      Would have been, have been

    Correct Answer
    C. Had been, would have been
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had been, would have been". This is because the sentence is referring to a hypothetical situation in the past. If they had been on holiday in June, the weather would have been better. The use of "had been" indicates a past unreal condition, and "would have been" expresses the result of that condition.

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  • 8. 

     I .................. you at the station if you .................. me.

    • A.

      Had met, would have phoned

    • B.

      Would have met, would have phoned

    • C.

      Would meet, had phoned

    • D.

      Would have met, had phoned

    Correct Answer
    D. Would have met, had phoned
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "would have met, had phoned". This is because the sentence is in the conditional form, indicating a hypothetical situation in the past. The first part of the sentence suggests that the speaker did not meet the person at the station. Therefore, "would have met" is used to express the unrealized action. The second part of the sentence suggests that the person did not phone the speaker. Therefore, "had phoned" is used to express the unrealized action.

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  • 9. 

    If the train .................. on time, we .................. earlier.

    • A.

      Had come, would have arrived

    • B.

      Would have come, would have arrived

    • C.

      Had come, had arrived

    • D.

      Came, would have arrived

    Correct Answer
    A. Had come, would have arrived
    Explanation
    This sentence is a conditional statement in the past unreal condition. The first part of the sentence suggests that the train did not come on time. The correct answer is "had come, would have arrived" because it follows the correct structure for past unreal conditionals. The past perfect "had come" is used to indicate an action that happened before another action in the past. The second part of the sentence uses the modal verb "would have arrived" to indicate the result or consequence of the unreal condition.

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  • 10. 

    If we .................. you, we ...................

    • A.

      Would have seen, had stopped

    • B.

      Had seen, would have stopped

    • C.

      Would have seen, would have stopped

    • D.

      Had seen, would stop

    Correct Answer
    B. Had seen, would have stopped
    Explanation
    This sentence is in the conditional perfect tense. The first part of the sentence suggests a hypothetical situation in the past, "If we had seen." The second part of the sentence suggests the result of that hypothetical situation, "we would have stopped." This answer choice correctly matches the tense and structure of the sentence.

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