Conditionals Conversation Questions

Conditionals in English are one of the most difficult topics to learn. They are also very common in conversation, and therefore important for ESL learners to practice and master. 

Below are some of my favourite conditional conversation questions.
  • If you won the lottery what would you do?
  • If you could try any extreme sport what would it be?
  • If you had 24 hours to live, what would you do?
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
  • If you could be any superhero, which would you be?
  • If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  • If you could meet anybody, who would it be?
  • If you could go back in time where would you go?
  • If you could only have one book/CD/DVD, what would it be?
  • Would you rather be blind or deaf?
  • If your house was on fire what two things would you save first?
  • If you could have any super power what would it be?
  • What food would you never eat?
  • Would you rather have no money or no friends?
  • Would you rather be able to fly or swim under water?
  • If a classmate asked you for an answer to a question on an exam and the teacher could not see, what would you do?
  • If you crashed your car into a parked car and no one saw, what would you do?
  • What would you do if you found a wallet?
  • If you had one wish what would you wish for?
  • If someone gave you a lottery ticket as a gift and you won a million dollars, would you share it with them?
  • If you didn’t have to sleep like everyone else, what would you do at night?
  • Would you rather live in a place with warm weather that is dark all the time, or cold weather and always sunny?
  • When would you wake up if you didn't have school?


  1. charlot@compellingconversations.bizDecember 1, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    I've found those questions really helpful. It's not far from I've read in a book written by Eric Roth Entitled Compelling Conversation: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics. Great collections of ideas!

  2. Very good questions. different from the ones we always use.

  3. My students really enjoy conditional questions once they get the hang of them, especially the unreal conditionals. There is a book called 1,000 Conversation Questions: Designed for Use in the ESL or EFL Classroom that is also very good for conversation questions.