347 – Using Past Verbs for Present & Future

MichaelADGrammar 10 Comments

347 - Using Past Verbs for Present & Future

If I had a dog like this, I would take him for a ride on my bike too!

Photo Credit: Stephen R. Pellerine Photography on Facebook & Instagram

For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at three ways we can use a past verb to talk about the present or the future.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or the check the transcript for the details:

  • If won the lottery, I would quit this crazy job.
  • If Taylor Swift came to my house, I would sing a song with her.
  • If it was sunny today, I would go to the beach.
  • I think it’s time we went to the deli.
  • I think it’s time I got a new computer. This one is too slow.
  • I’m going to finish painting this room now. I’d rather you started painting the other room.
  • I wish I had better luck!
  • I wish I had a bigger apartment.
  • These seats in the stadium are really high. I wish were able see the players better.

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

FREE Phrasal Verb Workshop

Let’s Master Phrasal Verbs & Vocabulary

In this FREE phrasal verb and vocabulary workshop I’ll teach you

  • What phrasal verbs are and how we use them
  • Why it is important for you to study phrasal verbs
  • How to learn and actually remember this vocabulary using my proven 3 Easy Step Method.

My students tell me that it’s easy to learn phrasal verbs but really difficult to remember them when you need to use them. Now, I’ll show you how to do both!

Start really building your vocabulary today! And get my FREE pdf: 50 Phrasal Verbs



Just $27 per month $997 Value

Free Sample HERE

This is the ultimate package for podcast English fans!

This package includes all of the podcast English lessons, including this episode!. You get:

  • Get every podcast PDF and mP3 for past and future episodes
  • Over 600 English Lessons
  • Weekly LIVE Group Coaching with Michael
  • Access to Michael’s private Telegram group

FREE Updates Every New Podcast

Whenever there is new podcast, including this one, I will update this file and you can get a free updates.
Learn Grammar, Americans Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, Vocabulary and more!


  • happy_english_books_kobo-sony-reader



Comments 10

  1. Hi there, Michael! Congrats on this new lesson! However, I have two comments: first, on the audio, both the character and you say IF I WIN instead of IF I WON…; second, when you talk about the expression IT'S TIME, you say it is followed by "a person". Can't I say "it's time the company paid our salaries" or "it's high time our dog started to feel better"?
    Sorry if I sound picky, but as a lover of the English language, I try to be attentive to details…
    Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

  2. João, You're right. Technically the sentence should be "If I won the lottery, I would quit this crazy job" I'm not sure how that slipped by. As for your second point, you are right. I tend to keep the "rules" very basic when I talk about a grammar point. There are often variations as in your example, but for those listeners who are learning this for the first time, I like to keep things simple. That being said, your examples are great illustrations of the variables:

    "It's time the company paid our salaries"
    "It's high time our dog started to feel better"

    Thanks so much for your input, attention to detail, and support!

  3. Future in the past (in capitals): "I didn't go to the movies with you yesterday afternoon because I WOULD GO in the evening. I had already bought the tickets for the later show." Another example: "Why were you nervous this morning? – I was nervous because I WOULD HAVE a test in the afternoon." The fact (the test) is something in the past now, but as I am referring to the morning, it (the test) was still a thing in the future; that is why we sey "future in the past".

  4. João Ghizoni Thanks…good examples. Just FYI…in everyday English, Americans would probably speak this way: "I didn't go to the movies with you yesterday afternoon because I had already bought the tickets for the later show." (rephrased from your example)
    "Why were you nervous this morning? – I was nervous because was going to have a test in the afternoon."
    Using WOULD + BASE VERB as in those examples is a rarely used form, at least in American English. But, that said, I appreciate your input here. Thanks!

  5. Sorry about that. There are three situations. In the "if" sentence, we are using it for imagining. After wish, it is used to talk about our wishes. When we use phrases like it's time or I'd rather, we are talking about our desire for the immediate future. I don't know of other uses.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *