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Teaching and Learning 3rd Conditional Using Songs

Teaching and Learning 3rd Conditional Using Songs

I love teaching grammatical structures using songs! This time we are going to listen to an awesome song by Adele. This is a fantastic way to practise the 3rd conditional!

But first, let’s quickly revise the grammatical rules…

Use the 3rd CONDITIONAL for…

  • HYPOTHETICAL PAST EVENTS

“If I had seen her, I would have told her”.. but I didn’t.

” If Lucy hadn’t moved to another city, we would have been friends”.

” Would you have made the world a better place, if you had been a politician?”

  • REGRETS

” If I had studied harder at school, I would have found a much better job”.

” If I hadn’t been late to work every day, I wouldn’t have lost my job”.

 

This is the ‘unrealistic conditional’, as we reflect on the events in the past.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY, IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME?

Listen to Adele, what she would have done differently in her life, to avoid making mistakes.

Fill in the gaps and try to find examples of 3rd conditionals in the song. Enjoy!

 

Adele If It Hadn’t Been For Love

Never would have 1) _____________ to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 2 ____________ the train to Louisiana
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 3) __________ through the blindin’ rain
Without one dollar to my name
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 4)__________ the trouble that I’m in
If it hadn’t been for love
Woulda been 5) ___________ like a wayward wind
If it hadn’t been for love

Nobody knows it better than me
I wouldn’t be wishing I was free
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he’s lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never woulda 6) ___________ to that side of town
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 7) __________ a mind to track him down
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 8) ____________ up a forty four
Put myself behind a jail house door
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he’s lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never woulda 9) __________________ to Birmingham
If it hadn’t been for love
Never woulda 10) __________ the train to Louisian’
If it hadn’t been for love

Never woulda 11) _____________ up a forty four
Put myself behind a jail house door
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love
If it hadn’t been, if it hadn’t been for love

(‘Woulda’ = Would have / Would’ve in the song)

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