Conditional Sentences Type 3, Definition and Example Sentences

Conditional Sentences Type 3, Definition and Example Sentences


  • To Express regret about a situation in the past
  • Hypothesis about the past
  • Theoretical past situation
  • An impossible situation because it had already happened
  • Regret


If + Past Perfect + Conditional Perfect (would have + Verb in the past participle)

Conditional sentences generally show us the possible outcome of a condition, that is, these sentences are sentences in which the expected actions are dependent on a condition. Conditionals Type 3, on the other hand, is a type of conditional sentence used to describe situations that have happened in the past and are impossible to change anymore. These sentences are usually used to make a serious criticism or express regret.

Example Sentences

  • If you had worked harder, you would have passed your exam.
  • If she had found his phone number, she might have called him for the party.
  • If could have spoken English very well, I would have talked to the tourists in Paris.
  • If had found her address, I would have sent her an invitation.
  • If she had driven carefully, she wouldn’t have had an accident.