Probably your mind started racing upon seeing today’s English idiomatic expression headline.
Conditional Sentence Type 3.
“What is wrong with you Robby, why are you giving me this confusing advanced English grammar stuff, aren’t you the one who keeps telling me all the time – forget about grammar, focus on speaking instead?!”
Don’t worry my dear fellow foreign English speaker! 😉
I’m not going to start stuffing all these fancy grammar terms like Past Participle and Conditional Type II into your head. You must have been exposed to all that theoretical knowledge plenty of times throughout the years spent on studying English grammar, and the simple fact is that if you keep focusing on the grammar aspect of it, you will actually find it hard to use such and similar grammar constructs in real life.
The way I see it is much simpler.
- MEMORIZE the following speech pattern: “Had I…, I would have…”
- FILL IN THE GAPS with your content – just come up with dozens of different sample sentences.
- PRACTICE that sentence until it becomes your second nature.
That’s it! 😀
You see, once you can USE this sentence in real life conversations, it doesn’t really matter that much if you’re aware of the very nature of it.
To heck, you don’t even need to know that it’s called a Conditional Sentence Type 3!
All you need in order to communicate successfully is the SKILL to use this sentence, so always bear in mind, my friend – spoken English is a practical skill as opposed to theoretical knowledge!