Present continuous conditional

PRESENT CONTINUOUS CONDITIONAL
In type 2 conditional sentences, the continuous form of the present conditional may be used:
If I were a millionaire, I wouldn’t be doing this job!
1. Present continuous conditional – form.
This form is composed of two elements: the present conditional of the verb ‘to be’ (would be) + the present participle of the main verb (base+ing).
Subject would be base+ing
He
They would be
would be going
living
Affirmative
We would be coming
Negative
You wouldn’t be working
Interrogative
Would you be sharing?
Interrogative negative
Wouldn’t they be playing?

Example: to live, Present continuous conditional.
Affirmative Negative Interrogative
I would be living I wouldn’t be living Would I be living?
You would be living You wouldn’t be living Would you be living?
He would be living She wouldn’t be living Would he be living?
We would be living We wouldn’t be living Would we be living?
You would be living You wouldn’t be living Would you be living?
They would be living They wouldn’t be living Would they be living?
2. Present continuous conditional – function
This form is common in Type 2 conditional sentences. It expresses an unfinished or continuing action or situation, which is the probable result of an unreal condition:
• I would be working in Italy if I spoke Italian.
(but I don’t speak Italian, so I am not working in Italy.
• She would be living with Jack if she wasn’t living with her parents.
(but she is living with her parents so she’s not living with Jack).
More examples:
• I wouldn’t be eating this if I wasn’t extremely hungry.
• If I had an exam tomorrow, I’d be revising now.
• You wouldn’t be smiling if you knew the truth.

NOTE:
Used to express conditions in the past that did not happen. Often used to express criticism or regret with would have, could have or should have.
Uses the past perfect tense:-
Formation
(IF Clause) (Main Clause)
If I had worked harder, I would have passed my exam.
If I had worked harder, I could have passed my exam.
If I had worked harder, I should have passed my exam.
or…
(Main Clause) (IF Clause)
I would have passed my exam if I had worked harder.
I could have passed my exam if I had worked harder.
I should have passed my exam if I had worked harder.
Note! We never use would have, or wouldn’t have etc in the if clause.
For example:
•If I hadn’t helped you, you would have failed. = You would have failed, if I hadn’t helped you. (I helped you so you didn’t fail).
•If it had been sunny, we could have gone out. = We could have gone out, if it had been. (We didn’t go out because it wasn’t sunny).

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