2-44. If you had called me, I could’ve picked you up


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • If I had had money, I would’ve helped you.
  • If you had hurt me, I would’ve punched you.
  • If he had stayed here, he wouldn’t have died.
  • If you had come to the cafe, you could’ve seen Brad Pitt.
  • If he had protected me, I could’ve been safe.
  • If he hadn’t taught me, I couldn’t have mastered English.
  • If I hadn’t called her, she would’ve been late.
  • If we hadn’t been tired, we wouldn’t have slept.
  • If you hadn’t helped us, we couldn’t have finished this.
  • If I hadn’t studied hard, I couldn’t have passed this test.
  • If I had had money, I would’ve bought this boat.
  • If you had touched my dog, I would’ve yelled at you.
  • If she had had time, she would’ve helped us.
  • If you had promoted me, I would’ve been happy.
  • If he had fired all of us, we would’ve been sad.


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
bone (n) any one of the hard pieces that form the frame (called a skeleton) inside a person’s or animal’s body
e.g. If you weren’t safe, you couldn’t broken a bone
contention (n) something (such as a belief, opinion, or idea) that is argued or stated
e.g. If you had found new evidence, this would’ve resolved the contention in the family. 
come as (phrasal verb) used to describe the effect that something has when people first learn about it
e.g. If you didn’t tell me about the party, it would have came as a surprise to me.
debate (n) a discussion between people in which they express different opinions about something
e.g. If you had missed school, you would’ve missed watching the big debate between them. 
disagreement (n) failure to agree
e.g. If you didn’t take my side, it would have been a big disagreement
defend (v) to fight in order to keep (someone or something) safe : to not allow a person or thing to hurt, damage, or destroy (someone or something)
e.g. If you hadn’t defended me, I could have been hurt. 
reflect (on) (v) to think carefully about something
e.g. If you had reflected on your decision for a bit longer, you would have seen that it was wrong. 
menagerie (n) a collection of animals kept especially to be shown to the public
e.g. If you have come to the zoo, you would have seen the menagerie of animals. 
opt (v) to choose one thing instead of another
e.g. If you had given me more options, I would’ve opted for blue candy.
gap (n) a space between two people or things
e.g. If you didn’t jump, you could have fallen in the big gap between the rocks. 


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. touched / had / if / my / dog / you /, /would’ve / I / hit / you / .
    2. had / you / me / promoted / if / , / been / I / would’ve / happy / .
    3. again / they / if / tried / had / , / the / won / could’ve / they / game / .
    4. helped / I / if / her / hadn’t / , /the / she / test / failed / could’ve / .
    5. if / helped / you / hadn’t / I / , / your / couldn’t/   business / have / you / started / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. If I had had money, I would’ve buy this boat. 
    2. If he had fired us, we would’ve sad.
    3. If you had came to my party, you could’ve seen the singer.
    4. If I had find a job, I wouldn’t have come back.
    5. If I hadn’t met Master Eugene, I didn’t have mastered English.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is the biggest disagreement you have had with someone? 
    2. Have you ever broken a bone? 
    3. What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Bone of contention: Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply — it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that.
    3. Menagerie: Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?


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

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