We already are familiar with present, past and future conditional verb forms.
And, as we know, conditional consist of two clauses: the condition or if-clause and the main or result clause.
But sometimes unreal conditional sentences are mixed.
This means that the time in the if-clause is not the same as the time in the result.
Here are the six cases of mixed conditionals
Past if-clause + Present result clause
- If I had taken an aspirin, I wouldn't have a headache now.
Past if-clause + Future result clause
- If I had known that you are going to come by tomorrow, I would be in then.
Present if-clause + Past result clause
- If she had enough money, she could have invested in the recyclable cups and bags.
Present if-clause +Future result clause
- If I were you, I would be spending my money eco-friendlier.
Future if-clause + Past result clause
- If I weren't reducing my water consumption already, I would have planned it.
Future if-clause + Present result clause
- If I were speaking at the ecology conference next week, I would be nervous.