Forme

Dans les phrases conditionnelles de type 2, la forme progressive du présent conditionnel peut être utilisée.

Proposition introduite par If (condition) Proposition principale (résultat)
If + passé simple conditionnel présent progressif
If this thing happened that thing would be happening.

Fonction

Cette forme est courante dans les phrases conditionnelles de type 2. Elle exprime une action inachevée ou progressive qui est le résultat probable d'une condition irréelle.

Exemples
  • I would be working in Italy if I spoke Italian. (But I don't speak Italian, so I am not working in Italy)
  • She wouldn't be living with Jack if she lived with her parents. (But she is living with Jack and not with her parents).
  • You wouldn't be smiling if you knew the truth. (But you are smiling because you don't know the truth.)

Le conditionnel présent progressif

Le conditionnel présent progressif est composé de trois éléments :
would + be + participe présent
Le participe présent est formé en prenant le verbe de base et en ajoutant la terminaison -ing.

Sujet + would + be + participe présent
He would be staying
They would be going
To Live: Conditionnel présent progressif
Affirmatif Négatif Interrogatif Interrogatif Négatif
I would be living I wouldn't be living Would I be living? Wouldn't I be living?
You would be living You wouldn't be living Would you be living? Wouldn't you be living?
He would be living He wouldn't be living Would he be living? Wouldn't he be living?
She would be living She wouldn't be living Would she be living? Wouldn't she be living?
We would be living We wouldn't be living Would we be living? Wouldn't we be living?
They would be living They wouldn't be living Would they be living? Wouldn't they be living?