The third conditional

Hypothesising about the unreal past

The third conditional expresses a hypothesis about the unreal past, that if, “if things had been different”.

It’s composed by a perfect subjunctive in the ‘condition’ and a past conditional in the ‘result’. That makes a minimum of five verbs, so learning the 3rd condition means making sure all the verbs are in the right form.

But only two of the verbs are main verbs, and the others are weak forms when they are positive, so the construction can be difficult to hear in fast speech.

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Peter Brook at the Teatro Valle Occupato

A great British director in Rome


Peter Brook is one the great theatre directors of the twentieth century. His 1970 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream made theatre history.

On Friday April 12 at 8pm the Teatro Valle Occupato is screening 'The Tightrope', a documentary about Brook by his son, Simon Brook. The film will be followed by a public debate with Peter Brook.

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