Unit 7 – Happiness

In this lesson, we will be exploring what makes you happy.

We will be using 2 conditionals as well as the past perfect and present perfect:

 

Write an article entitled, If I won the lottery, what would you do? you should use the 2nd conditional, If I were rich, I would ….. 

Does money make someone happy?

What would you do with that money?  What would make you happy?

To write this you will use the Second Conditional:

  • to give advice
  • to talk about a situation that is unlikely to happen
IF-CLAUSE MAIN CLAUSE
If he did that, would leave him.

The verb in the if-clause is in the past tense; the verb in the main clause is in the conditional tense.

  • If someone stole my bag, I would immediately contact the police. (But I don’t think that anyone will try to steal the bag. The meaning here is future.)
  • If I were a millionaire, I would travel around the world. (This will likely never happen)

 

Part 2 – “The Pursuit of Happiness”

We will watch the film, “The Pursuit of Happiness”.  In this film you will discover a lot of hardships and you will be asked to give an oral summary of the film.  Within this summary, you will be asked to put yourself in his position,

WHAT would you have done if you had been in his shoes?

If I had been in his shoes, I probably would have gotten  (got) a job as well as sell the medical equipment he invested in.

You will learn about the Third Conditional. We use it when talking about a past condition that cannot be fulfilled, because the action in the if-clause didn’t happen.

For example, the main character in the movie, “The Pursuit of Happiness” had a very difficult time.   He bought some medical equipment and couldn’t sell it.  He then lost his wife because their life was falling apart. (and as a result he struggled to make ends meet).

You could say:

  • If he hadn’t bought the medical equipment, he wouldn’t have have had a hard time selling the equipment and he wouldn’t have lost his wife.

Do you know what tenses each of the clauses is in? Let’s see:

  • The verb in the if-clause is in the Past Perfect Tense
  • The verb in the main clause is in the Perfect Conditional
If-clause (Past Perfect) Main clause (Perfect Conditional)
If he hadn’t bought the medical equipment he wouldn’t have have had a hard time selling the equipment and he wouldn’t have lost his wife.

More examples:

  • If he had known that he would have struggled so much, he probably would have gotten a stable job
  • If he had gotten a stable job, he wouldn’t  have applied for the internship and he wouldn’t have become a stockbroker.

2 thoughts on “Unit 7 – Happiness

  1. Will Smith does everything to not be separated from his son and to have money he sells medical materiel and he didn’t. He lost his wife that was based on something not durable. I like this film 🙂

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