You can find tutorials on just about everything on YouTube, including English grammar. Some of the best are videos illustrating English grammar with extracts from popular songs. But sometimes you have to be a little careful.
Revise and practise your conditionals with these quizzes using song lyrics.
Discussion - if you like, you can skip this bit and go straight to the exercises below
Chorus from 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol
- If I lay here,
- If I just lay here
- Would you lie with me
- And just forget the world?
What do we mean by 1st, 2nd and 3rd Conditionals?
If you don't know me by now, you'll never never never know me
Uploader's comment - Zero conditional, because it is a truth, it will happen ...
If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning
Uploader's comment - 1st conditional, because it's happening ...
Who gets to decide which Conditional it is - the speaker or the listener?
- it's the structures we use these terms for, not how the listener or reader sees the probability.
- it's the speaker who decides on the probability or possibility of the situation, albeit subconsciously, and who then chooses which conditional structure to use.
If God had a face, what would it look like?
Uploader's comment - Depending on your point of view or your religious view, this could be zero, 1st or 2nd conditionals
Practice conditionals with song lines
- Fill in the gaps from the top box
- Then decide which conditional is being used in these statements. Enter '0,1,2 or 3' into each of the boxes on the right
- Check your answers to the first two parts.
- Match the songs to the artists: enter the song numbers in to the boxes.
by you · roll out · by now · against me · biggest part · want · wouldn't · a while · furniture
|1.||If I had a million dollars, I'd buy you for your house.|
|2.||If you this, your children will be next|
|3.||If I were a rich man, I have to work.|
|4.||If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe, I'd [sic] been a long time ago|
|5.||If I can't have you, I don't nobody, baby|
|6.||If you don't know me , you'll never never know me.|
|7.||If I were a boy, I'd of bed in the morning.|
|8.||It's my party, and I'll cry if I|
|9.||If I'd done right , I coulda done this (and) I coulda done that|
|10.||If you miss me once in , then I'll return to you|
|11.||If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it .|
|12.||If you leave me now, you'll take away the of me.|
|Bellamy Brothers||Simply Red||Chicago|
|Yvonne Elliman||Tracy Chapman||Bare Naked Ladies|
|Lesley Gore||Brian McKnight||Rednex|
|Fiddler on the roof||Beyoncé||Manic Street Preachers|
Exercise 2 - Fill the gaps to show how the various conditionals are constructed.
|Conditional||if clause||result clause|
Three matching exercises
|1.||Yes I would||a)||if it makes you feel alright|
|2.||If you go||b)||if I only could|
|3.||oh, if I ever lose my hands||c)||if I had a little money. It's a rich man's world|
|4.||I'll buy you a diamond ring my friend||d)||the first thing I'd like to do ...|
|5.||If I could save time in a bottle||e)||I won’t have to work no more.|
|6.||All the things I could do||f)||I will surely die|
|1.||If I could turn back time||a)||I'd be as loaded as old Rockefeller|
|2.||Wouldn't it be nice||b)||I'll make you a night like no night has been or will be again.|
|3.||If I stand all alone||c)||I'd take back those words that hurt you|
|4.||But if you stay||d)||Would it make you feel something so real|
|5.||If I were to say that now I have everything||e)||will the shadow hide the colour of my heart?|
|6.||If I never had a cent||f)||if we were older|
|1.||If my true love he was gone||a)||then you would understand|
|2.||You would cry too||b)||would you comfort me|
|3.||If I had a hammer||c)||I'll do anything you ask me|
|4.||If you could see inside my heart||d)||if it happened to you|
|5.||If you want a lover||e)||I'd hammer in the morning.|
|6.||If you had my love and I gave you all my trust||f)||I would surely find another|
Answers to the exercises
- 1a furniture, tolerate, wouldn't, married, want, by now, roll out, want to, by you, a while, against me, biggest part
- 2, 1, 2, 3, 0, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 2, 1
- 1b 11, 6, 5, 10, 8, 9, 3, 7, 12, 1, 4, 2
Conditional forms - Exercise 2
- Zero - present, present
- 1st - present, will, 1st form
- 2nd - past, would, 1st form
- 3rd - past perfect, would have, 3rd form
- 3a b, f, e, a, d, c
- 3bc, f, e, b, d, a
- 3cf, d, e, a, c, b
Printer friendly post
Videos on YouTube
- TEFLMusic - The songs with the lyrics but without comments. You need to open up the notes section to see the details, which include a lesson plan for teachers
- Big Bang Theory - Second conditionals in a US sitcom
- Taniussia - Video showing various situations wher you'd use First Conditional
- GenkiJapanNet - Rappy song illustrating Second Conditional
- gorwell97 - This is the problem one. But the songs, lyrics and graphics are fine. Just take the comments with a pinch of salt.
List of songs using conditionalsThis has been compiled from a lot of sources on the web, mainly by googling around. Thanks to everyone who makes their resources public. Click on 'G' to go straight into a Google search. This should bring up videos, lyrics, Wikipedia etc in one handy list.
Songs page. I already had my own lists of songs for illustrating various points, so I'm putting them all together on one page.
Zero conditionalI think this is stretching it a bit, but there's not a hell of a lot of songs about water boiling at 100 degrees centigrade
|Yvonne Elliman||If I Can't Have You||G|
|Beatles||Can't buy me love||G|
|Chicago||If You Leave Me Now||G|
|Eminem||If I get Locked up Tonight||G|
|Leonard Cohen||I'm your man||G|
|Manic Street Preachers||If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next||G|
|Rod Stewart||I don't want to talk about it||G|
|Simply Red||If You Don't Know Me by Now||G|
|Tom Jones||If You Go Away||G|
|Tracy Chapman||The promise||G|
First and second
|Lesley Gore||It's my party||G|
|Beatles||She's leaving home||G|
|Abba||Money money money||G|
|Bare Naked Ladies||If I had a million dollars||G|
|Beach Boys||Wouldn't it be nice||G|
|Beatles||With a little help from my friends||G|
|Bellamy Brothers||If I said you had a beautiful body||G|
|Beyoncé||If I Were a Boy||G|
|Bon Jovi||I’d Die For You||G|
|Cher||If I could turn back time||G|
|Eric Clapton||Tears in Heaven||G|
|Fiddler on the roof||If I were a rich man||G|
|Frank Sinatra||The Sunny Side of the Street||G|
|Pete Seeger||If I had a hammer||G|
|Joan Osborne||One of us||G|
|Jim Croce||Time in a bottle||G|
|Jennifer Lopez||If you had my love||G|
|Katie Mehlua||If you were a sailboat||G|
|Silencers||Wild Mountain Thyme||G|
|Simon and Garfunkel||El Condor pasa||G|
|Steven Seagal||Girl It's Alright||G|
|Brian McKnight||Coulda, shoulda, woulda||G|
|Gracie Fields||If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake||G|