When we use Third conditional

Third conditional
We use Third conditional for PAST situations. We say what we woukd do IF WE COULD CHANGE THE PAST (of course we can’t change the past, so it’s hypothetical).

An example of third conditional use in context.

Dick has tripped over the photos illustrating the use of third conditional

Gina put the photos on the floor and Dick fell.

How we form third conditional

If + past perfect, would/could + present perfect. (If + had +past participle, would/could + have + past participle)

Other examples of third conditional use in a sentence

  • If I had studied harder, I would have passed the exam.
  • She could have had the answer if she had asked.
  • If we hadn’t gone to the cinema, we wouldn’t have seen the film.