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00907--KERALA PSC/SSC/UPSC/IBPS/BANK CLERK/IFC English Question Answers-13




Notes on/Explain CONDITIONAL CLAUSES/// 
KERALA PSC/UPSC/BANK CLERK-PO/IFC English Grammar Exercise-13

         The clauses that start with if/unless are known as conditional
      clauses.There are three types of conditions.


   1) Probable conditon
         
 The verb in the main clause is simple future and in the if clause  the verb is in the simple present.
          e.g)If you work hard,you will pass.
          
          Modal auxiliaries are possible in the main clause.
          e.g)If you feel tired,you can take rest.

          Sometimes in permanent situations,simple present can be used in both clauses.
          e.g)Ice melts if you keep it in the open.

   2) Improbable condition

          In  this condition the verb in the main clause comes with any 
of these; would/should/could/might.The if clause is simple past.
          
e.g)They would help you,if they had enough money.

   3) Impossible condition

          In main clause past participle of the verb is used with
       would have/should have/could have/might have.If clause is 
       past perfect.
          e.g)If you had gone by taxi,you would have reached there on time.
    

EXERCISES

 1)If I.....in your position,I would not do that.
                              (am,were)

 2)If he.....too much,he will become fat.
                              (eats,ate)

 3)If you pour oil on water,it.....
                              (would float,floats)

 4)I wouldn't have seen him,if I.....in another way.
                              (went,had gone)

 5)What would you do if you.....the first prize in a bumper draw?
                              (had got,got)

 6)If I..... a bird,I could fly.
                                (were,had been)

 7)There might have been a great flood if the rain.....
                              (did not stop,had not stopped)

 8)They will fall unless they.....careful.
                              (are,were)

 9)You might not have got that house if we.....you.
                              (did not help,had not helped)

 10)My father.....angry if I failed.
                              (would be,will be)


Answer Key


1. were
2. eats
3. floats
4. had gone
5. got
6. were
7. had not stopped
8. are
9. had not helped
10. would be      

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