PRESENT CONTINUOUS CONDITIONAL

In type 2 conditional sentences, the continuous form of the present conditional may be used:

If I were a millionaire, I wouldn't be doing this job!

1. Present continuous conditional - form.

This form is composed of two elements: the present conditional of the verb 'to be' (would be) + the present participle of the main verb (base+ing).

Subject would be base+ing
He
They
would be
would be
going
living
Affirmative

We

would be

coming

Negative

You

wouldn't be

working

Interrogative

Would

you be

sharing?

Interrogative negative

Wouldn't

they be

playing?

 

Example: to live, Present continuous conditional.

Affirmative Negative Interrogative

I would be living

I wouldn't be living

Would I be living?

You would be living

You wouldn't be living

Would you be living?

He would be living

She wouldn't be living

Would he be living?

We would be living

We wouldn't be living

Would we be living?

You would be living

You wouldn't be living

Would you be living?

They would be living

They wouldn't be living

Would they be living?

2. Present continuous conditional - function

This form is common in Type 2 conditional sentences. It expresses an unfinished or continuing action or situation, which is the probable result of an unreal condition:

  • I would be working in Italy if I spoke Italian.
    (but I don't speak Italian, so I am not working in Italy.
  • She would be living with Jack if she wasn't living with her parents.
    (but she is living with her parents so she's not living with Jack).

More examples:

  • I wouldn't be eating this if I wasn't extremely hungry.
  • If I had an exam tomorrow, I'd be revising now.
  • You wouldn't be smiling if you knew the truth.


NOTE: This form is also found in: mixed conditional sentences (See section on Mixed Conditional Sentences); in indirect speech:

She said "I'll be working in the garden." She said she would be working in the garden. (See section on Indirect Speech)