Conditional and conditional perfect
- The present conditional is used to describe an imaginary situation or habitual actions of the past (in place of "used to").
Would + infinitive
|I would get coffee nearby in the mornings.
|If she lost her wallet, I would loan her money.
|If I didn’t have a job, I would move back home.
- The conditional perfect is used for something that might have happened in the past. It is almost always accompanied by an "if" phrase to set up the conditional tense.
Would + have + past participle (infinitive+ -ed)
|Would have walked
|Would have sung
|Would have studied
|Would have repeated
|If she had lost her wallet, I would have lent her money.
|If I didn’t get a job last month, I would have moved back home.
|I would have dressed up more if I knew you were wearing a suit!
|She would have changed her behavior if she realized how much it upset her parents.