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