Second Conditional Questions for the ESL Classroom

Conditional sentences are a crucial aspect of English grammar, and they allow speakers to describe hypothetical situations or events.

Second conditional sentences are used to express hypothetical or unlikely situations in the present or future, and their possible consequences or results.

They are often used in conversations or writing to discuss imaginary or unreal scenarios, to express wishes, regrets, or advice, or to make polite requests.

Second conditional sentences are frequently used in spoken and written English, and understanding how to construct and use them correctly can significantly improve your communication skills.

In this post, we will discuss the structure and examples of second conditional sentences, so you can learn how to use them effectively in your own conversations and writing.


How to Make Second Conditional Questions

Second conditional sentences are a type of conditional sentence that expresses a hypothetical or unlikely situation in the present or future.

To form a second conditional question, you can use the following structure:

Structure Example
If If
Simple PastYou won the lottery
Simple FutureWould you buy a mansion?

Here are some other examples of second conditional questions:

  • f you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • If you could travel back in time to any era, which one would you choose?
  • If you could be any animal for a day, what would you choose?
  • If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be?

Now let’s see more examples of second-conditional questions

Second Conditional Questions: Examples

These are some examples of second-conditional questions

  • If you had the opportunity to meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
  • If you had the chance to undo one decision in your life, what would it be?
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  • If you didn’t have to work for a living, what would you do with your time?

  • If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
  • If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
  • If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
  • If you could meet any famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
  • If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?

  • If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
  • If you could travel back in time to witness any historical event, which one would it be?
  • If you could speak any language fluently, which one would you choose and why?
  • If you had the ability to master any skill instantly, what skill would it be?

  • If you could own any type of pet, real or imaginary, what would it be?
  • If you could live in any era of history, which one would it be?
  • If you could change one law, what would it be and why?
  • If you could visit any fictional world, which one would you choose?

More Grammar Questions

Thanks for reading my post about second conditional questions.

If you feel like learning some more, have a look at some of my other grammar questions posts

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  2. 60 Questions with Prepositions at the End
  3. Questions with Why: Guide & Examples
  4. Questions with Would
  5. Question with When: Guide & Examples
  6. 50 Questions with Get: Guide & Examples
  7. 50 Questions with How: Grammar Guide & Examples
  8. First Conditional Questions for the ESL Classroom
  9. Third Conditional Questions for the ESL Classroom
Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

Hi, I am Manuel Campos, The Professor behind GatherLessons.com. I am from Costa Rica and I currently teach English at UTN