If I Hadn’t Done That…

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 03, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Mixed Conditionals, Third Conditional
Grammar, Speaking, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students discussing their life accomplishments while practicing the use of the third conditional, and mixed conditionals.

Lesson Overview

There is no time to lose! In this lesson, students will discuss their current lives and the things they thought they would have accomplished by now. This lesson features a video of people talking about their past expectations regarding the future. Students will learn and practice the use of the third conditional, mixed conditionals, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice using the third conditional and mixed conditionals to talk about hypothetical past situations and their possible outcomes. They will practice forming sentences such as "If I had studied, I would have passed."

  • Listening: Students will listen to a video where people discuss what they thought they would have accomplished by now. This activity will help improve their ability to understand detailed personal stories and hypothetical scenarios discussed using conditional structures.

  • Speaking: Through discussion activities, students will articulate their own reflections on past decisions and their impacts. They will use the conditional structures to express thoughts about different past decisions and their hypothetical outcomes.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce and practice vocabulary related to life choices and reflections, such as "accomplished," "regret," and phrases commonly used with conditional structures like "if I had known" or "would have been."

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore how cultural expectations and personal goals vary and influence individual life choices. Discussions will help highlight different societal norms about success and life milestones.

  • Homework: Homework tasks will reinforce the grammar focus of the lesson. Students will fill in blanks to complete sentences using the correct form of verbs in conditional sentences, correct mistakes in conditionals, and use conditionals to discuss hypothetical scenarios based on prompts.


Is there anything that you thought you would’ve accomplished by now at this age but haven’t? Do you want to get married and have a successful music career? Or maybe you want to be rich and thin. Watch this video to learn how different people answer such a question.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

accomplish [verb]: to achieve or do something successfully
childish [adjective]: relating to a child
procrastinate [verb]: to postpone or delay doing something
to graduate [verb]: to complete a degree at a college or university
grades [noun]: marks given to students especially after tests or exams
goal setter [noun]: someone who decides what they want to achieve over a particular period and later tries to accomplish their plans or goals
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