George Clooney and the 2nd conditional in English

George_Clooney_66ème_Festival_de_Venise_(Mostra)_3Alt1 The Beatles sang: What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me? Eric Clapton sang: Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same if I saw you in heaven? And nobody hypothesized as passionately as Johnny Cash when he sang: If I were a carpenter and you were a lady, would you marry me anyway? Would you have my baby? Can you guess what these songs have in common? If you deduced that they all used the second English conditional (would + if + simple past), then you did your homework! Continue reading