Lesson 76 –  No New Year’s Party – Conditional Clauses (III)




IN YOUR LANGUAGE (Top right > Select language > Click on the flags).





  • To come down with the flu
  • Curled up on the couch
  • Feeling quite sorry for themselves
  • The New Years celebrations
  • I’d be out there now
  • Counting down the bells
  • I had a date
  • Who’s going to kiss me
  • To open a bottle of wine
  • To see the New Year in together
  • It’ll just be wasted on me
  • I can’t taste a thing
  • It is getting much worse
  • I’ve never felt so…
  • Fragile
  • To take the edge off
  • Could you pass me…?
  • In a little while
  • We should have taken precautions
  • Keeping people at a distance
  • Don’t be silly
  • There’s no way to know that
  • Prevention is better than cure
  • It’s unavoidable
  • This year has gone so fast
  • Moved into that new house
  • An excuse to have…
  • A house-warming
  • I did get very tired
  • He really likes you
  • His job freaks me out
  • I couldn’t go out with
  • A microbiologist
  • Sterilised equipment
  • Protective clothing
  • I can’t stop thinking about it
  • I can’t help it
  • I do know what you mean
  • I hope it’s a great year for you




– No New Year’s Party –



Learn English – Lesson 76 – No New Year’s Party

Julia and Stephanie are flatmates. They have both come down with the flu and are both curled up on the couch with blankets, feeling quite sorry for themselves, watching the New Year’s celebrations on the television.

Julia: If I had not caught this flu, I’d be out there now. Counting down the bells and singing Auld Lang Syne.

Stephanie: I know, I had a date for tonight but who’s going to kiss me at midnight with this cold.

Julia: We could still open a bottle of wine and see the New Year in together.

Stephanie: It’ll just be wasted on me. I can’t taste a thing. If you start singing, I will have to kill you. My headache is getting much worse. I’ve never felt so fragile.

Julia: Do you want another lemon and honey drink? It takes the edge off a little bit.

Stephanie: I’ll have one in a little while. Could you pass me the box of tissues?

Julia: Sure, here you go.

Stephanie: Thanks (Stephanie blows her nose)

Julia: If I don’t feel better in a couple of days, I’ll have to have to make an appointment with the doctor. I’ll need a sick note for work. What a great start to the New Year!

Stephanie: Well there’s nothing that can be done about it now. With hindsight we should have taken precautions.

Julia: Like what? Wearing masks and keeping people at a distance with a long stick?

Stephanie: Don’t be silly. I mean topping up on vitamin C, getting a better night’s sleep. Maybe I wouldn’t feel so terrible.

Julia: There’s no way to know that. Of course, prevention is better than cure, but at this time of year so many people get sick, it’s unavoidable.

Stephanie: I feel like I’m dying!

Julia: Can I have your stuff?

Stephanie: Love you too! I’ll take that drink now.

Julia: Sure

Julia goes off to make a couple of hot drinks whilst Stephanie continues to watch the television. Julia returns a few minutes later.

Julia: Here you go.

Stephanie: Aw, thanks doll. This year has gone so fast. I can’t even remember what we did for last New Year’s.

Julia: We went to Sophie’s. She and John had just moved into that new house so it was an excuse to have a house-warming together with a New Year party.

Stephanie: Oh yes, of course. Oh my, I did get very drunk. I can’t believe I kissed George.

Julia: Aw, George is nice. He really likes you.

Stephanie: I know he’s nice but his job freaks me out. I couldn’t go out with a microbiologist. I’d be thinking about all those germs and infections he handles every day.

Julia: It’s all very controlled. He does use sterilised equipment and wears protective clothing.

Stephanie: I know, I know, but I can’t stop thinking about it and it gives me the shivers. It’s not fair on him but I can’t help it.

Julia: I don’t think it would bother me so much but I do know what you mean. Oh, here come the bells.

The bells toll down and the television blares out Auld lang syne.

Stephanie: Happy New Year, Jules.

Julia: Happy New Year, Steph. I hope it’s a great year for you.

Stephanie: You too, my friend. All the best.

They clink their cups of lemon and honey and continue to listen to the singing.




Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1


Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2


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Here is a revision of the conditional clauses and some new examples:

Conditional Clause



1st Conditional


If + Simple Present, Future Simple


Future Simple, If + Simple Present

If I go to my English classes, I will learn to speak fluently.

I will learn to speak fluently if I go to my English classes.

2nd Conditional


If + Simple Past, Simple Conditional


Simple conditional If + Simple Past

If I had more money, I would travel more.

I would travel more if I had more money.

3rd Conditional


If + Past Perfect, Past Conditional


Past conditional, If + past perfect

If I had studied harder, I would have passed my exam.

I would have passed my exam if I had studied harder.




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