Conditionals game - upper and advanced

By Viv Quarry (

Grammar practice: The first, second and third conditionals

Note! In the third conditional, sentence 2 must use 'be able to' e.g.  If they had been able to, they would have caught the bus, or alternatively: If they could have, they would have gone to the meeting.


If you have taught that 'were' should be used in the second conditional, don't forget to use this form for sentences 4 & 6.

e.g. If it were possible, I'd give it to Fred.


Materials: one or two dice*, game sentences printed out or on the board


How to play:


Student throws the dice once to select a sentence from the left., then again to select a sentence from the right, and a third time to select the conditional.


e.g.    1st throw = 4 (If it's possible)

          2nd throw = 1 (go to the meeting)

          3rd throw = 5 (3rd conditional)


Student says "If it had been possible, I would have gone to the meeting."


Putting a finger on the sentence selected makes it easier to complete the task. If the dice falls on the same number several times, this sentence can be removed or blanked out and an alternative sentence chosen e.g. even number = sentence above, odd number = sentence below.


After doing it as a class activity, students can be put in small groups to play by themselves with the teacher monitoring.


* If you don't have any dice, you can make one by cutting out a six-sided polygon, making a hole in the middle with a pen or pencil and sticking it onto a piece of cardboard. Spinning it around, it will fall on one of the numbers (Home-made dice).


Conditionals game