2-43. If you were my friend, I would be happy


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • If I were you, I would hate myself.
  • If you were not my sister, I would hate you.
  • If I had money, I would buy a building in Manhattan.
  • If I were a tiger, I could run really fast.
  • If we lived in Mars, we could be free.
  • If Candice were my daughter, I would be proud of her.
  • If today were the last day, we would be sad.
  • If you had a son like yourself, your life wouldn’t be so easy.
  • If she had a pink dress, she could wear it tonight.
  • If I were a woman, would I be happy?
  • If I were a bird, I could fly to the sky.
  • If I were rich, I could buy this expensive condominium.
  • If I were European, I could speak Swedish.
  • If I were funny, I could become a comedian.
  • If I were 16, I could drive.


Here are some grammar tips. 


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
Mars (n) the planet that is fourth in order from the sun
e.g. If we had a spaceship, we could go to Mars
dress (n) a piece of clothing for a woman or a girl that has a top part that covers the upper body and a skirt that hangs down to cover the legs
e.g. If she got a new dress, she would be happy. 
tonight (n) this night or the night following this day
e.g. If I wasn’t busy, I could hang out with you tonight
comfort zone (n) the level at which one functions with ease and familiarity
e.g. If I do a solo at the concert, I would be stepping out of my comfort zone
come across (phrasal verb) to meet or find (something or someone) by chance
e.g. If the police do more investigating, they would come across important new evidence.
routine (n) a regular way of doing things in a particular order
e.g. If I don’t brush my teeth first, I will be falling out of routine
laissez-faire (n) French for “Let (people) do (as they choose).” A policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering
e.g. If we don’t make rules in the school, we’ll have a laissez-faire system. 
spontaneity (adj) the quality or state of being spontaneous
e.g. If they keep jumping, they will continue to show spontaneity

schoolchildren (n) children attending school
e.g. If the schoolchildren were getting better grades, I would be proud of them. 
come and go (idiom) used to talk about time that has passed
e.g. More than a hundred years have come and gone since the day of that famous battle.


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. I / 16 / if / were / , / drive / could / I /  .
    2. were / if / men / we / , / could / we / them/ understand /.
    3. if / skinny / were / I / , / skinny / wear / would / I / jeans / .
    4. you / if / tall / were / , / be / you / more / would / popular / .
    5. loved / if / she / you  / , / you / wouldn’t / she / to / lie / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. If I am a bird, I could fly to the sky.
    2. If I were rich, I can buy this Ferrari.
    3. If I were fun, I could become a comedian.
    4. If I lived in France, I could visit to Paris.
    5. If I had money, I won’t leave San Diego.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is something that would be out of your comfort zone? 
    2. What is your routine in the morning? 
    3. Would you like to visit Mars? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Comfort zone: What are you more comfortable with — routine and planning, or laissez-faire spontaneity?
    3. Show and tell: You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation.


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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