Second Conditional

Questions about hypothetical or imaginary situations.

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  1. If you could speak to your country’s leader for 5 minutes, what would you say?
  2. If you could order any meal you wanted right now, what would you get?
  3. If you could meet a famous person from history, who would it be?
  4. If you had to move to another country, where would you go?
  5. If you were offered a million euros or dollars to rob a bank, would you do it?
  6. If you could cheat on an exam without being found out, would you do it?
  7. If the US and Russia went to war, who would win?
  8. If you could have any job you wanted, what would you choose?
  9. If you had one month of free time, what would you do with it?
  10. If you found 100 euros or dollars in the street, what would you do?
  11. If you could have any piece of technology you wanted, what would it be?
  12. If you were president of your country for a day, what would you do?
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How to use the second conditional ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the second conditional ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the second conditional discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the second conditional discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of second conditional in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to second conditional contained in the discussion questions.

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