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If-clauses (2)

Aufgabe 1


This radio report introduces you to different kinds of modern families. Two teenagers talk about their families and how they have changed.

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Read the questions below. Then listen to the text again. This time concentrate on details and complete your notes. Write down all the information you need to answer the questions.

  1. What are the names of the two teenagers?
  2. How many people are there in reporter Neil’s family? Who are they?
  3. Who has got three parents? Who has got four parents?
  4. Who is Paul?
  5. Neil says he only had one classmate whose parents …
    1. were still together.
    2. had more than three children.
    3. were divorced.
  6. Because times have changed Neil thinks that …
    1. it is very unusual to have just one parent.
    2. it is not unusual to have just one parent.
    3. lots of parents are unusual.
  7. Peter informs us that when his dad went away he thought that …
    1. it had happened because Peter had done something wrong.
    2. it had happened because his father had done something wrong.
    3. it had happened because his mother had done something wrong.
  8. Mary says the good thing about divorced parents is that …
    1. you have two families.
    2. there is always one of your parents who is nice to you.
    3. they take you to the zoo and buy you ice-cream and toys.
  9. Mary tells Neil that she has liked Sally, her dad’s new wife, …
    1. ever since her mother found a new boyfriend.
    2. right from the beginning, because there was no reason for her not to like her.
    3. never, because she caused so much trouble.
  10. Mary explains that, with her five brothers and sisters, she will soon have in her family …
    1. two stepbrothers, two half-sisters and one foster child.
    2. two stepsisters, two half-brothers and one foster child.
    3. one real brother, one stepbrother, two half-sisters and one foster child.


  1. Peter, Mary
  2. There are five people in his family: His mum and dad, his brother, his sister and Neil.
  3. Peter, Mary
  4. Paul is Peter’s stepfather.
  5. were divorced.
  6. it is not unusual to have just one parent.
  7. it happened because Peter had done something wrong.
  8. they take you to the zoo and buy you ice­cream and toys.
  9. ever since her mother found a new boyfriend.
  10. two stepbrothers, two half­sisters and one fos­ter child.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  20 Minuten
  • Punkte:  8

Aufgabe 2


Decide which type of if-clause it is.

  1. If I get your mobile number, I will phone you. 
  2. You can do this exercise if you try harder. 
  3. You would have more time if you worked less. 
  4. If it had been warmer, we would have had a barbecue. 
  5. If you hurried, we might arrive in time. 
  6. The rescue could have helped the man if he had shouted for help. 
  7. They could have gone shopping if they hadn’t forgotten their money. 


  1. type I
  2. type I
  3. type II
  4. type III
  5. type II
  6. type III
  7. type III
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  7

Aufgabe 3


Make a conditional clause of type I, II or III. Attention: The if-part is not always in the first place!

  1. We / to save / a lot of money – we / not to have a car (Typ II)
  2. you / to listen carefully – you / to answer / those questions in no time (Typ I)
  3. you / to wear / a school uniform – you / to live / in Great Britain (Typ II)
  4. Brian / to run quickly – he / to catch the bus (Typ III)
  5. We / to fly less – the air pollution / to be so bad (Typ II)
  6. she / to be / in danger – she / to use / her mobile phone (Typ II)


  1. We could save a lot of money if we didn’t have a car.
  2. If you listen carefully, you will / can answer those questions in no time.
  3. You would wear a school uniform if you lived in Great Britain. 
  4. If Brian had run quickly, he would / might have caught the bus.
  5. If we flew less, the air pollution mightn’t / wouldn’t be so bad.
  6. If she were / was in danger, she might use her mobile phone.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  2
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  12

Aufgabe 4


Translate the following sentences. Pay attention to the correct translation of "wenn".

  1. Wenn du später am Flughafen ankommst, rufe mich an.
  2. Ich werde im Garten arbeiten. Wenn ich fertig bin, trinken wir Kaffee.
  3. Macht es Ihnen etwas aus, wenn ich das Fenster öffne?
  4. Wenn sie nicht diesen schrecklichen Film gesehen hätte, dann hätte letzte Nacht geschlafen.
  5. Kate würde die Party verlassen, wenn sie sich langweilen würde.
  6. David ist noch draußen. Wenn er hereinkommt, werden wir Karten spielen.


  1. If you arrive later at the airport, call me.
  2. I’m going to work in the garden. When I’m finished, we will have some coffee.
  3. Do you mind if I open the window?
  4. If she hadn’t watched that terrible film, she would have slept last night.
  5. Kate would leave the party if she were / was bored.
  6. David is still outside. When he comes in, we will play cards.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  6
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