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English Grammar: Conditional & Imaginary - IF, WILL, WOULD, WERE

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http://www.engVid.com/ Do you know how to properly use the words IF, WILL, WOULD, and WERE in English? Most of my students just treat all of these words the same way, and don't use them properly... until they take my class. Now that class is made available to you. If you watch it, you will learn.
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pena neto (26 days ago)
If I watch your videos often I Will learn English well.
Hello from 2018!
Teycool Is cool (2 months ago)
Why we say were expect was?
Alpi Sharma (2 months ago)
Thanks. You are awesome.
Ardavan Farhadi (2 months ago)
I love you. You are awesome. Thanks man
Ajay Narwariya (3 months ago)
I am from india james nd i learn more from you thank you so much bro
Jackie Young (4 months ago)
but i encountered a sentence " what would you do if you're so smart" is that make sense?
rebaz omer (8 months ago)
i wish i have English teacher as you
rebaz omer (8 months ago)
than you for your effort
Cool-Hacker Studio (9 months ago)
I don't understand, why you use the plural form "were" instead of the singular form "was"?
Himanshu Chauhan (10 months ago)
thanku sir, u cleared my all the doubts...
Sumit Bhatia (10 months ago)
nice explanation..
DIALLO Mouctar (11 months ago)
Thanks James. You are the best.
Very good
Jonathan Meier (1 year ago)
Is that incorrect: If I would have been smarter...
Patricia Zapata (10 months ago)
If I had been smarte, I would have.....
Ba11u (1 year ago)
9 years ago, OMG
Maryam ramezani panah (1 year ago)
hi dear teacher.I thinki still have some problems with conditionals.
HeroMilani (1 year ago)
Thank you i was dont really know what's different between were and was but know i do👍🏼
zed 0 (1 year ago)
hello teacher could you please tell me what is the difference between alright and all right,, actually l've watched your class about these two but today I just asked a native English about this case but he told me they havaa same meaning just the different is a writing nothing else :’( actually I confused in English not just this more other words that I've learned from YOU
Yonder (1 year ago)
WTF! this is from 2008! Damn! Youare one of youtube makers HOW do you not have more subscribers than pewdiepie? LOL
Vadim Emyurbekov (1 year ago)
Good lesson
the rashed gamer (1 year ago)
loser
KIMBERLYN MACIEL (1 year ago)
you are amazing!!! thanks!
Evelyn Fawn (1 year ago)
It's very easy to understand, thanks James..
Nu Nuy (1 year ago)
shouldn't the verb for "he or names in singular" is "was" for the past. The verb of "were" should be used to subject which sounds plural like They, We, Anna and Julian, You. CMIIW. Thanks!
May Rebelatto (1 year ago)
The best explanation ever
Shaza Salah (1 year ago)
great
Embers (1 year ago)
EngVid teachers are the best on the whole internet who teach for free . 2016 like
Marcelo Luiz (1 year ago)
you are the best one !!
Иван Иванов (2 years ago)
quote from grammar book: If I were / if I was After if and wish, you can use were instead of was (if I were / I wish it were etc.). If I was / I wish it was are also possible. So you can say: - If I were you, I wouldn't buy that coat. or If I was you, ... - I'd go for a walk if it weren't so cold. or ... if it wasn't so cold. - I wish she were here. or I wish she was here. end of quote. So "I was" also possible but not common I think.
Aditya Raj (2 years ago)
thank you
Ensiklo Media (2 years ago)
Hello, i have a question. James told us that If+were/would means that it is imaginary. My question is, after that would do i need to use past verb or present verb. for example: If she were a good person, she would never cheated on you. or if she were a good person, she would never cheat on you. thank you very much.
Harrys Bleton (2 years ago)
is in present
Thomas Ferreira (2 years ago)
Thanks a lot! Great class! keep going like that!
Jo Caz (2 years ago)
Imaginario Si, Esequiel fuera a estudiar, (el ) podria ser un buen estudiante Condicional Si, Esequiel estudia, el ira a ser un buen estudiante si, traduje mal para explicar, me corrigen, gracias
lydia ludwig (2 years ago)
thank you very much. it iv very clear and understandable
Thanks. I liked so much. I love your lessons!
Cristian Guzmàn (2 years ago)
Thanks man !! That´s a very clear esplanation so useful !! Cheers :D
bacha mohamed (2 years ago)
"if i could get any animal it would be a dolphin ." unconditionally & unimaginably thanks for your lessons .
Yi Xiang Su (2 years ago)
if i was or if i were your first sentence i thought it is always use were after if??
Harrys Bleton (2 years ago)
amm you use "were" for imaginary If I were... If she were If they were... but if you use "was" is not imaginary,is past Example, I you were lazy you wouldn't be here studying
Albert Thema (2 years ago)
I still don't understand why when we use if + singular subjects (I,He, she,it) we always use were instead of was?
bacha mohamed (2 years ago)
+Albert Thema they describe things contrary to facts like : if i were you , i would search google for this matter . - you know that i am not you but it is nice to know you .
PLANET CAMEO (2 years ago)
+Albert Thema The point is in unreal conditionals we use "were" with whoever the subject is. In normal situations "were" is used only with plurals.
Amy Booktube (2 years ago)
Reported speech
Dope (2 years ago)
Thanks for u time! God bless you!
nadia nadoush (3 years ago)
conditional type 3 is hypothetical 
Silviu Sirbu (3 years ago)
Hello. how would a native speaker say: "If I were you, I would have done it." or " If I had been you, I would have done it." ? Thanks
Claudine Rocheteau (2 years ago)
+Silviu Sirbu If I were you, I would feel the same way (you`re talkin' about an action taking place in the immediate present) If I had been you, I would have felt the same way (that's past)
Nagraj Phulari (3 years ago)
NICE...
Collin Wiyoto (3 years ago)
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your help! ^_^
Goldie Wan Kenobi (3 years ago)
Would the IF clause in IMAGINARY sense  also be SUBJUNCTIVE?
Zaki Samadi (3 years ago)
Hi i ineed to understanding so grammar and thanks miss Ranny Conditional and subjunctive Conditional 1 progressive /continuous Conditional 11simple Conditional l 11 progressive contiuous I hope u miss Ranny u can teach me thses grammar
Larisa Jääskeläinen (3 years ago)
BEST!!!
steve salvatore (3 years ago)
If you (Mr.James were my teacher,I'd be the best student you've ever had ! I'd the happiest And the smartest student if Mr. James were my teacher .
heng limeng (3 years ago)
You're a good teacher. If i were your student, I would be a smart guy.
halim halim (3 years ago)
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halim halim (1 year ago)
yes sure
young ganno (1 year ago)
like wise i support tO learn english we can become friends
Catalina Marin Ortiz (3 years ago)
I don't understand the meaning of "If I were to study..." is not better "IF I studied"...??
AL (3 years ago)
+宋文强 "If I + past tense" can also be used to imply there is a possibility that something happened in the past.
Bill Song (3 years ago)
if i were to do sth. refers to the future, whereas if i did sth refers to the present
Rodrigo Ivan (3 years ago)
I saw the same point. perhaps this "to" is not infinitive, perhaps it's a preposition.
Hi Hello (3 years ago)
"Would"- please give us more on this!!!
Hi Hello (3 years ago)
"Would"- please give us more on this!!!
husserl hunt (3 years ago)
Love this man!!
princeicio (4 years ago)
Ezekiel
yazeed asd (4 years ago)
amazing  
Otilia Salcedo (4 years ago)
Thank you James, your video has an excellent expanation of a doubt I had.
Fayez Alam (4 years ago)
thanks teacher
Jassandro (4 years ago)
en inglishpikinglish hahah
RISHIKESH MEENA (4 years ago)
thank you for solving out my doubts, and most important Happy Teachers Day, Today we, Indians are celebrating our National Teachers Day. Please accept my greetings.
Prof. Syed Shahid Ali (4 years ago)
if i will not like you, i will be not a gentlemen. if i were an english teacher, i would be like you.
Igor Ozerov (4 years ago)
The best video lessons I've ever seen, good job guys! Very useful applied topics, good speech, nice teacher :)
Léon Ngandu (4 years ago)
James, you are a wonderful teacher. This lesson is so good. Please, I confuse now between subjuntive mood and conditional mood. The both use "IF" and "WERE" instead "WAS". For exemple this sentens: IF I WERE RICH, I WOULD BUY A CAR. is it in subjunctif or in conditional?
Rj Lac (4 years ago)
If I will continue watching your videos, I will be good at english.
Ale Animations (4 years ago)
thank you! i will pass english xD *exito*
Danna Lazni (4 years ago)
I love Mr. E <3 and James is a really good teacher !!!!
Ilse Ayala (4 years ago)
I have a question If it is a situation like this one... He was at the party, but If he were not had been there, it would not been that boring..... QUESTION: Is that right?
Gabriel Miller (4 years ago)
If I were a better dressed, I would have a sweater like that.
Adrian Barton (4 years ago)
You don't use the word 'subjunctive' at all to describe the use of the verb.
sigit mahendra (4 years ago)
i think ....why the English so hard to learned is..... it spelling is different with the pronunciation...in other hand ...my native language (The Indonesian) easier to learned because the spelling = the pronunciation.
sunrise of Oman (5 years ago)
thanks
Inna Lorense (5 years ago)
very helpfull!!
Tem Ben Gemy (5 years ago)
Well that is not imaginary case then to use would without were !! then it suppose to be will instead of would to be as a condition ! ..
francissie97 (5 years ago)
You are the best! Thank for making me understand my homework :)
Csatalo Öcsi (5 years ago)
Is there any difference? If E were to study he would be a good student. If E studied he would be a good student.
Larry Hora (5 years ago)
If I were TO study??? I've never seen this construction before, what does it mean?
princeicio (5 years ago)
NO, grammatically it's wrong. You can look it up, buddy!
Akif Ahmadzada (5 years ago)
u r wrong ) this phrase uses together and means I could be u..
heidyk torresq (5 years ago)
I like the way he differenciates the concepts
Jorge Rodríguez (5 years ago)
thanks james you help me al ot.
Thành Tô Minh (5 years ago)
if i were not to study , i wouldnt come here if i were to study , i would come here if i were not to come here , i would not study if i were come here , i would study : LoL
Thành Tô Minh (5 years ago)
it's the unusual case of english grammar ...
Mirza Usman (5 years ago)
Thanks dear!
Jiří Pagáč (5 years ago)
I have found the black guy!
Web Inglés (5 years ago)
Your teacher is right. All are 'were' in the subjunctive.
princeicio (5 years ago)
what the? it has to be ''was'' not were I was He was She was It was They were We were You were
princeicio (5 years ago)
If I had to choose a teacher, I'd go with Ronnie
Mohammad Adil (5 years ago)
thanx james you are such a perfect teacher
MOHAMMAD BARIKBIN (5 years ago)
you don't say
123xxrobertx (5 years ago)
I think so, some ppl say that " if i were " form is the only one correct and acceptable whereas i did have a word to others and they used " i was " form as so often as " i were" and have said that was equally appropriate and interchangeable
B0MBAYCH0PRA (6 years ago)
If I were need a teacher, it would be you Mr. James . Thanks a tons sir!
essaqui1987 (6 years ago)
if i would to kill someone, it would be the 4 person who dislike this video!!
Yahya Fageehi (6 years ago)
@kingwillie206 That means you will not because you use unreal condition (:
Sander Hansen (6 years ago)
Thanks, after 2 minutes I already got this. But if I'm smart, I would watch this whole lesson....
123xxrobertx (6 years ago)
If i was younger , i would get married :) If i had been younger , i would have got married :) Are both ones correct ?
123xxrobertx (6 years ago)
if I'd to choose .. it would be this guy ! Methinks equally correct sentence. Some ppl say that the use of " if i was " instead of " if i were" would be equally acceptable , others claim that " If i were ' is the only one proper form when "conditional in the past "sentences. How does it work ?
environika (6 years ago)
Thank you
Ahmet Arafat (6 years ago)
@maddimad16 Dear brother/Sister, It refers to an obligation in present or future. "He has to go"

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