First Conditional Continuous in English Grammar

Yesterday’s article taught us about the First Conditional Simple. Now, we will learn about the first conditional continuous. The two are similar, but used to describe two different situations. We’ll learn about the difference and how to use the first conditional continuous today.

What Is The First Conditional Continuous? What Do We Use The First Conditional Continuous For?

The first conditional continuous form is used in a similar way to yesterday’s first conditional simple form, but instead of talking about a one-time event, it is used to talk about a continuing activity.

The difference between this and the second conditional continuous form is that this talks about an ongoing activity that doesn’t have to have finished yet.

How Do I Use The First Conditional Continuous Form?

The construction of the first conditional continuous form is similar to the simple form of the first conditional, but we need to add in an extra auxiliary verb.

I would be shopping.

Subject + would +be +  verb (as a present participle.)

This describes how shopping is an action that can only be performed if you fulfil a criteria.. You aren’t shopping yet, but if something changes, you will be shopping. You don’t say when the shopping would start or finish.

What Are Some Pronunciation Issues With The First Conditional Continuous Tense?

Like yesterday’s article about the first conditional simple form, the first conditional continuous form has one contraction. Subject + would can be contracted to subject + ‘d. So ‘I would be’ can be said, ‘I’d be.’

What Are Some Examples Of The Future Perfect Continuous Tense?

I would be shopping if it weren’t raining.

You would be clever if you got all the answers right.

She would be happy if we bought her a puppy.

He would be rich if he won the lottery.

They would be tired if they went to bed late.

We would be early if we caught the train now.


This concludes our work on the first conditional continuous form. We’ll talk tomorrow about the second conditional. You can follow today’s and yesterday’s article though to complete your knowledge of both uses of the second conditional.


Other Articles in the English Grammar Series:

Past Simple Tense.
Past Progressive Tense
Present Simple Tense.
Present Progressive Tense.
Present Perfect Simple Tense
Present Perfect Progressive Tense
Past Perfect Simple Tense
Past Perfect Progressive Tense
Future Simple Tense
Going To Tense
Future Continuous Tense
Future Perfect Simple Tense
Future Perfect Continuous Tense
First Conditional Simple
First Conditional Continuous(This Article)


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