Structure of second conditional

This is how we form second conditional sentences. The second table shows some mistakes which are commonly made by learners when using second conditionals:

Structure of second conditional
positive negative question
If I had more time, I'd (I would) travel more. I wouldn't (would not) refuse if you offered me $10,000. What would you say if you met Queen Elizabeth?


The second conditional – common mistakes
Common mistakes Correct version Why?
If I would have enough money, I would buy a new computer. If I had enough money, I would buy a new computer. We use the past simple (I had) in the if-clause. It shows we are talking about something which is unlikely to happen or is an imaginary situation.
If you didn't hurry so much, you will feel more relaxed. If you didn't hurry so much, you would feel more relaxed. The structure of the main clause is would + infinitive.
test_inter4 Practise this grammar (intermediate level): First vs. second conditional (2)