The Third Conditional
This is used to talk about imagined past situations and their imagined results.
For example, yesterday, I was sick because I drank some old milk. To imagine the alternative, I say ...
If I hadn't drunk that old milk, I wouldn't have been sick.
We often use this form to describe regrets or give blame:
If I'd studied harder, I'd have got an 'A'.
If you'd been on time, we wouldn't have missed the film.
|Imagined Past Situation||Imagined Past Result|
|if + had(n't) + past participle||would(n't) + have + past participle|
|If he had told the truth||I'd have believed him.|
Third Conditional: Advanced Points
It doesn't matter if you say the situation or the result first.
"If I'd married him, we'd have had lots of children."
"We'd have had lots of children if I'd married him."
You can use would/might/could + have to talk about the result.
|If I 'd been less hungry,||I wouldn't have eaten all your biscuits.
I might have eaten less.
I could have waited until dinner time.
Third Conditional practice