Implied conditional

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In English, sometimes we use the idea of 'if' without using an 'if' clause. This is called an implied conditional. It is when the 'if clause' is implied and not stated. Conditional verbs are used in the result clause.

Conditional verbs are often used after 'otherwise'. 

Example Sentences of Implied Conditionals : 

  • I would have visited you, but I didn't know that you were at home. (I would have visited you if I had known you were at home.)
  • It wouldn't have been a good meeting without Rosa. (It wouldn't have been a good meeting if Rosa had not been there.)
  • I would have answered the phone, but I didn't hear it ring. (I would have answered the phone if I had heard it ring.)
  • I couldn't have finished the work without your help. (I couldn't have finished the work if you had not helped.)
  • I would have gone to Nepal last summer, but I didn't have enough money. (I would have gone to Nepal last summer if I'd had enough money.)
  • I stepped on the brakes. Otherwise, I would have hit the child on the bicycle. (If I hadn't stepped on the brakes, I would have hit the child on the bicycle.) 
  • Louise turned down the volume on the tape player. Otherwise, the neighbours would have complained about the noise. (If Louise hadn't turned down the volume on the tape player, the neighbours would have complained about the noise.)
  • Tarek would have finished his education, but he had to quit school and find a job in order to support his family. (Tarek would have finished his education if he hadn't had to quit school and find a job.)
  • I would have finished my report before I left work yesterday, but I didn't have time.
  • I couldn't have paid for my trip to New Zealand without my parents help.
  • I would buy a Ferrari, but I don't have enough money.
  • I ran out of time. Otherwise, I would have finished my report before the meeting.
  • I could go to an Italian restaurant with my friends tonight, but I don't want to.
  • Without water, all life on earth would die.
  • I would have gone to the meeting, but I didn't know about it.
  • I set my alarm for six every morning. Otherwise, I would be late for work.
  • I would have invited your brother to join us for dinner, but I didn't know he was in town.
Implied conditional example sentences
Yeah, a cup of coffee would be perfect.
Yes, that is what I would normally do, too.
Yes, that would be great!
That's bollocks, no one would pay that much for this room!
Why would I give you that information?
Oh my god, why would she do that!?
Wouldn't it be better just to look at the recipe picture on your phone?
You wouldn't hear any noise from upstairs in the morning.
Yes please, that would be better than using someone else's bread.
I didn't say always, I would say often.
But it would take a long time...
Why would I have a problem with her?
Sorry, but would you rather let Pogo or Bear get stung?
Well, I don't think it would be more than 10% more.
Why would we get a 5 bedroom house for 4 people?
But I'm not sure if I'd like having chicken as left overs.
I could take Bear for a walk at Hyde Park...
I thought 50% more would make around 175!
Ha-ha-ha that's what I would do, too!
You could say good morning to the queen before you go to work.

Be going to
Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
First conditional
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Have/Get something done
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Mixed conditional
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Past continuous
Past continuous passive
Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
Polite request / offer / suggestion
Present continuous
Present continuous passive
Present perfect continuous
Present perfect passive
Present perfect simple
Present simple
Present simple passive
Question tag
Reduced relative clause
Reported speech imperative
Reported speech question
Reported speech request
Reported speech statement
Second conditional
Short answer
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Would rather
Zero conditional