Real Conditionals Worksheet

This worksheet practices the real conditionals: the zero conditional and the first conditional. Before you complete it, review our article on conditionals. You can also check out some common errors or even read a story.

For even more complete information, you can download our conditionals booklet.

Exercise A: Zero Conditional

Choose the best answer to complete the sentence and describe the picture using a zero conditional.

1.

When the phone rings,

a) please answer it.
b) I answer it.
c) Ellen is going to answer it.

2. 

When we take long car trips,

a) the kids sometimes fight.
b) I will drive.
c) Dad would drive.

3.

New trees grow

a) if we would plant them.
b) when we had planted them.
c) when we plant them.

4. 

Milton watches half an hour of television

a) if he had time.
b) when he gets home from work.
c) when the show will start.

5.

Every time Jeff delivers letters to this house,

a) the dog chases him.
b) the dog will chase him.
c) the dog has chased him.

6.

You get a sunburn

a) if you stayed in the sun too long.
b) if you hadn't worn a hat.
c) if you don't use sunblock.

7. 

Ted feels nervous

a) when he drinks too much coffee.
b) if he drank too much coffee.
c) when he would have drunk too much coffee.

8. 

When it rains,

a) you will use an umbrella.
b) you get wet.
c) you will have run.

9.

Pamela feels most happy

a) when she is in good physical shape.
b) if he had run in the morning.
c) when she will run.

10.

When Grandma bakes,

a) she will give us some cake.
b) she would use all the eggs.
c) she sings and feels happy.

 

Exercise B: First Conditional

Match the correct sentence beginnings from the list below with the sentences below the pictures.

a) You will be an excellent dancer
b) When my family gets home
c) Breakfast will be ready
d) By the time you walk down the aisle
e) When Cindy sees how much work she has
f) When everyone sees my beautiful new bow tie
g) I will help Edna put the groceries away
h) If you continue to practice and train hard
i) The rooster will start to crow
j) When John sees the closet

1.

________, she will feel like she will never finish it!

2.

________ by the time you finish your shower and get dressed.

3.

_________ when she gets back from the store.

4.

_________ when the sun comes up in the morning.

5.

________ after you take dance lessons with Ms. Pointer.

6.

________, they will all say how elegant it is.

7.

________, they will be surprised by this excellent dinner!

8.

________, your dress will look perfect.

9.

________, he will be so happy to see that I organized it.

10.

________, you will do a great job in the race.

 

Exercise C: Zero Conditional or First Conditional?

Below each picture and sentence, write whether it is a zero conditional or a first conditional.

1.

If Leo continues to learn about computers, he will be a good programmer.

This is the: _____________.

2.

Whenever the teacher explains math problems, she is very clear.

This is the: _____________.

3.

 

Pete likes to take a short nap when he gets home from work. 

This is the: _____________.

4.

 

Brad always feels a little sad when it snows for the first time.

This is the: _____________.

5.

Karen will write a wonderful novel if she keeps working hard.

This is the: _____________.

6.

If Kevin eats all that ice cream, he will feel very sick!

This is the: _____________.

7.

Nate feels frustrated when he cannot think of new ideas.

This is the: _____________.

8.

If the waiter gives Henry any more options, he will never be able to choose what he wants for dinner!

This is the: _____________.

9.

 

When Dr. Rodriguez speaks to her patients, she answers all their questions.

This is the: _____________.

10.

 

If Phil takes good care of his braces, he will have beautiful teeth soon.

This is the: _____________.

 

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