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Katie Melua is a
popular singer from
Georgia. She had
her first big hit with

Nine Million Bicycles
.

This lesson is about
another song,
If You
Were a Sailboat
.

"If You Were a Sailboat"
Katie Melua

Learn English grammar with these popular songs:
Listen to the song and fill in the spaces with the correct words

If you were a , I would trail you
If you were a piece of wood, Id nail you to the floor
If you were a sailboat, I would you to the shore
If you were a river, I would swim you
If you were a house, I would in you all my days
If you were a preacher, Id begin to change my ways

Sometimes I believe in fate
But the chances we always seem to ring more true
You took a chance on loving me
I took a chance on loving you

If I was in , I know youd spring me
If I were a telephone, youd ring me all day long
If I was in pain, I know youd me soothing songs

Sometimes I believe in fate
But the chances we create
Always seem to ring more true
You took a chance on loving me
I took a chance on loving you

If I was hungry, you would me
If I was in darkness, you would lead me to the light
If I was a book, I know youd me every night

If you were a cowboy, I would trail you
If you were a piece of wood, Id nail you to the floor
If you were a sailboat, I would sail you to the shore
If you were a sailboat, I would sail you to the shore

Would you like more music by the same artist?

Listening Comprehension Activity

The English grammar it uses is the 2nd Conditional.

The song shows how the 2nd conditional is about
unreal
situations
. Obviously the man she sings about is not a
sailboat.

One interesting grammar point is the way the lyrics use
If
you were
but also If I was. If I was is grammatically
incorrect. With the 2nd conditional,
all subjects take the
verb
were. This means:

If I were, If you were, If she were, etc.

However, it is common in spoken English to make this
grammar mistake. A good song that shows the correct
use of the grammar is Beyonce's
If I Were a Boy.  

Listen to the video for
If You Were a Sailboat and try the
listening exercise. Remember that verbs that follow
modals are
always base verbs.  
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