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Past Real Conditionals | English Grammar Book

Past real Conditionals describe what used to happen, but does not usually occur anymore. Past real conditionals indicate that if or when this happened, that occurred.

Past Real Conditionals

Past real conditionals make conditional statements then show the result of such statements. Sentences use "if" or "when" to make a statement then express an end result. "If" or "when" can be used to start off a sentence or be used to join two clauses.

If/when + simple past clause (condition)Simple past clause (effect or result)
Simple past clause (effect or result)If/when + simple past clause (condition)

  • If it rained, I took the bus to work. I have a car now.
  • I took the bus to work if it rained. I have a car now.
  • If I studied hard, I passed all of my tests. I am done with school now.
  • I passed all of my tests if I studied hard. I am done with school now.
  • When I went to parties, I usually brought a dessert. I bring a bottle of wine now.
  • I usually brought a dessert when I went to parties. I bring a bottle of wine now.
  • When I drank milk, my stomach used to hurt. I don't drink milk anymore.
  • My stomach used to hurt when I drank milk. I don't drink milk anymore.


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