Mixed Conditionals

A selection of grammar-based discussion questions.


  1. If you had been born into a rich family, how would your life be different now?
  2. If the Allies hadn’t won World War II, what sort of world would we live in?
  3. If your country’s leader hadn’t come to power, would your country be in a better position right now?
  4. If you had studied something different at school or university, how would your life be different today?
  5. If the internet hadn’t been invented, would the world be a better place?
  6. If you hadn’t got your current job, what would you be doing now?
  7. If men hadn’t landed on the moon in 1969, would we be any worse off today?
  8. If you had grown up in a much poorer country, how would your life be different?
  9. If you were a millionaire, how would you have spent your last holiday?
  10. If you were the opposite gender, how would your childhood have been different?
  11. If you were the leader of your country, what would you have done differently in the last 5 years?
  12. If you were extremely good-looking, how would your life have been different so far?
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How to use these materials

It is recommended that you download the 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 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 discussion questions in groups of two or three.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic 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 contained in the discussion questions.

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