Practice the Second Conditional through Songs

Before we listen to the songs, let’s recall what the second conditional is all about. The second conditional expresses an unreal or highly unlikely possibility.¬†For example: “If I had a billion dollars, I would buy fifteen yachts.” Both having a billion dollars and buying fifteen yachts represent more of a dream than a probable reality.


The standard formula for second conditional sentences is as follows:

If + subject + simple past…, subject + would + base verb…


Subject + would + base verb… if + subject + simple past…

Now let’s get to the good stuff. Our first song by Barry Louis Polisar is from the soundtrack of the movie¬†Juno:

  • “If you were a castle, I’d be your moat.”

Of course a human being cannot become a castle. This song expresses unreal possibilities in a cute and romantic way. Continue reading