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 happened in a town and the police investigation about 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 happened in the town.

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

You can do the online version before your class here.

Have fun! 

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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.

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