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Musterlösung: If-clauses 1

Aufgabe 1


If-clause type II: complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets.

  1. If you         (do) your homework regularly, you         (have) less problems in class.
  2. If my dad         (get) the job at this successful company, he         (earn) much more money than he does now.
  3. My grandfather         (drive) us to the cinema if we         (go) to the 4 p.m. movie instead of the 8 p.m. movie. 
  4. If I         (be) you, I         (tell) the truth now!
  5.         (watch) the horror movie tonight if my parents         (go out) with their friends.
  6.         (come) to soccer practice if it         (be) so cold.


  1. If you did your homework regularly, you would have less problems in class.
  2. If my dad got the job at this successful company, he would earn much more money than he does now.
  3. My grandfather would drive us to the cinema if we went to the 4 p.m. movie instead of the 8 p.m. movie. 
  4. If I were you, I would tell the truth now!
  5. I would / could watch the horror movie if my parents went out with their friends.
  6. I would come to soccer practice if it wasn’t so cold. 
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  12

Aufgabe 2


If-clause type III: complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets.

  1.         (come) if you         (tell) me about the concert a little bit earlier.
  2. If my teacher         (explain) to us how to do these exercises, I         (do) my homework.
  3. If it         (not snow) yesterday, we         (take) the car instead of the train.
  4. If I         (buy) another ticket for the show, Jimmy         (come) with us tonight.
  5.         (send) you a postcard from California if         (have) a bit more time during the holidays.
  6. If someone         (see) what the man did to the girl, he        ​ (be) in prison now.


  1. I would have come if you had told me about the concert a little bit earlier.
  2. If my teacher had explained to us how to do these exercises, I would have done my homework.
  3. If it hadn’t snowed yesterday, we would have taken the car instead of the train.
  4. If I had bought another ticket for the show, Jimmy could /would come with us tonight.
  5. I would have sent you a postcard from California if I had had a bit more time during the holidays.
  6. If someone had seen what the man did to the girl, he would be in prison now.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  12

Aufgabe 3


Decide whether the sentences belong to if-clause type I, II or III, and complete the main clause with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets.

  1. If you give me that letter, I         (post) it for you.
  2. I would never have believed it if I         (not see) it with my own eyes. 
  3. If people knew more about junk food, they         (stop) eating it. 
  4. You can stay with us if you         (come) to Seattle.
  5. If I         (feel) better tomorrow, I might help you.
  6. If I         (know) you before, I would have invited you. 


  1. If you give me that letter, I will post it for you. (type I)
  2. I would never have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. (type III) 
  3. If people knew more about junk food, they would stop eating it. (type II) 
  4. You can stay with us if you come to Seattle. (type I)
  5. If I feel better tomorrow, I might help you. (type I)
  6. If I had known you before, I would have invited you. (type III) 
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  12

Aufgabe 4


  1. Read the following interview about the topic "Violence at a British school". 

Interviewer:  I am now talking to the headmaster of Rosemary School in Bristol. Mr Adams, can you tell me why you had to call the police last Friday?
Headmaster:  Yes, of course. It’s unbelievable. Some of my teachers had told me about a new habit of our pupils. You know that nowadays young people don’t go anywhere without their mobile phones. Well, we saw them standing around in the break, looking at the mobile of one of the boys. It was the way they were looking at it that was strange. So I went outside to see what was on it.
Interviewer:  What did you find when you looked at the mobile? 
Headmaster:  I couldn’t believe my eyes. They had a film scene where some boys beat up a younger boy. It was only later that I realized that this fight had taken place at my school, here in Bristol.
Interviewer: How old were the boys?
Headmaster:  Well, the poor one that was beaten up was only ten years old. The boys who gave him a hard time were older, two of them were already 15 years old, three of them between 13 and 14. And all of them were pupils at thisschool. Nice boys, it seemed. Who could have imagined what terrible things they did after school?
Interviewer:  Did you find out why they hit the boy?
Headmaster:  That’s the most terrible thing I ever heard a young person say. The boys explained that it hadn’t been a matter of having arguments. They thought it was just a joke, to film how they hurt him. They had chosen this pupil because he was rather weak and couldn’t defend himself. They just wanted to shoot a good film to show their friends. Can you believe that? 
Interviewer:   Indeed, violent scenes on mobile phones are a problem in Great Britain. It is cool to have such a film on your mobile, the more violent the better. Young people send the films from mobile to mobile. It’s like a competition, everyone wants to have the most violent film. And the losers are the victims. Mr Adams, how do you want to improve the situation at your school? 
Headmaster:  The boys are now facing punishment. Of course, they are too young to go to court, but the police have agreed with the parents that the boys will have to do some hours of community service in their free time.
Interviewer: What exactly does that mean? 
Headmaster:  They will have to help in an animal refuge, that’s a home for pets without owners. We hope that the work with these poor animals will teach them that violence is not cool. 
Interviewer:  And what about all the other young people at your school? 
Headmaster:  As a first step, mobile phones are not allowed at my school anymore. The kids have to leave them at home. I think, the real problem is that the children see a lot of violence on TV. They are so used to it and don’t know how terrible it is and how much it hurts. So we also started a programme called “Stop the aggression”. This way we want to teach them that doing sports or playing games in the real world is much better than watching TV or playing computer games in your free time. We also had an information evening for the parents, where we advised them to check their children’s mobile phones from time to time. “Know what your child does”, that’s the slogan!
Interviewer:  And it’s the best thing parents can do! Thank you, Mr Adams.

  1. Write a report about violence at a British school. Use the information given in the interview with the headmaster of the school. Remember to use connectives to make your text sound good. You may also include quotations (= Zitate) but you should mainly use your own words.


Bristol was in shock when violent film scenes were found on the mobile of a pupil at Rosemary School. It was only last Friday that some pupils were seen in the break, looking suspiciously at their mobiles. The headmaster went to see what they were doing and called the police. “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what was on them”, Mr Adams, the headmaster, said. A younger 11 year­ old pupil had been filmed being beaten up byhis older schoolmates. When asked why they attacked the young boy and then filmed it, the boys claimed it was only a joke. 
Violent film scenes on mobiles are becoming a problem in England. They are usually sent to friends’ mobiles for competition. It is considered to be cool to have more violent film scenes than others. 
The 13­15 year­old boys are now being punished with community service in an animal refuge. Mobile phones are now strictly forbidden at Rose­mary School, but the school’s headmaster has also taken other steps to keep the violence down. “The real problem is that the children see a lot of violence on TV,” he explains. In order to teach young people to prefer sports and games to TV and computer games, a new programme called “Stop the aggression” has been established at the school. Additionally, information evenings for parents are being held under the slogan: “Know what your child does”. Mr Adams says parentsshould check their children’s mobile phones regularly.
If you are worried about violence at school or have any questions concerning children and mo­bile phones, please call our hotline (856­439843). The next information evening for parents will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rosemary School. Visitors and parents are welcome.

  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  25 Minuten
  • Punkte:  8
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