Conditional Clauses Reading Text

Here’s a reading text to review all conditional clauses. It aims to show all conditional clauses including mixed clauses in a meaningful context. 


It's about a mysterious event that happened in a town and the police investigation of it. The story is told from a newspaper's reporter perspective, which brings out the possibilities of the causes of the mysterious event. Hence, the newspaper report uses a lot of conditional clauses in action! It uses zero, first, second, third and mixed conditional sentences to report an accident that happened in the town.

As a follow-up activity, you can ask your students to find the conditional clauses in the text and then ask concept checking questions to make sure they all get the conditional clauses right. If you want students to grab the meanings of if-clauses, this lesson will be great for you.

A QR code answer key for your homework assignments and a smart answer key with short explanations for the answers are included.

You can do the online version before your class here.


PDF icon Esl-Reading-Conditional.pdf402.6 KB

There are 11 Comments

Thanks very much! An interesting activity to review conditionals. Just one thing: a third conditional is not quite correct: If we'd seen the truck before, we would have been able to solve ...(3rd contional: if+ past perfect, conditional perfect in the other clause.)

Thanks for the comment. Actually, it’s a mixed conditional clause. It talks about an unreal situation in the past and its present consequence. The past event made the present situation impossible.

But that's not a mixed conditional and the original comment was correct. The mixed conditional you're suggesting needs If + past perfect, modal + base (infinitive) and not modal + present perfect.

Yes, you are right. I forgot to replace the corrected version with the previous one. The preview picture is from the correct version. Now, the pdf file is the correct version. 

Hey, I'm an English teacher from Romania. Thx a lot for this lesson, it saved me a great deal of time. Great job, well done!

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