present conditional describes a situation now that isn't true
or isn't happening. Teachers also call this the present unreal
or present contrary-to-fact.
If I had a million dollars, I
would give it away to all my friends.
"If I had a million dollars" is
in the past tense, but it describe a possible situation (or impossible)
situation in the present.
"I would give it away to all my
friends" tells the outcome of the condition. You can use "would,"
"could," "might," or "should" in these kinds of sentences.
This next sentence uses the verb
"be" in the present conditional:
I wouldn't do that if I were you.
Well, I'm not you, so this describes
a situation that is not true. Notice that "were" is used with
"i." Isn't that strange? But it's correct.