Jan 25, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 3rd Conditional

This is a great movie with a lot of food for thought. This scene is narrated by Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) and it makes the understanding of the message easier. I suggest you have the students write the sentences before they view the segment because they can check their answers when they actually see it. The narrator says all the correct answers in the end of the segment. This is best for younsters and adults.

Before viewing:

A. Discuss the following questions with a partner:

1 - Do you believe in fate? Are things pre-determined to happen? Or is it all just coincidence? Explain.

2 - Do you think we have a specific day to die? Justify it.

3 - Have you ever seen/been in an accident? Describe what happened. How could the accident have been prevented from happening?

"Had any of these things happened differently, the end of Daisy’s afternoon would have been another one"
1. Daisy’s shoelace broke

2. The delivery truck moved moments earlier

3. The package wasn’t wrapped

4. The girl broke up with her boyfriend

5. The man forgot to set the alarm

6. The taxi driver stopped for a cup of coffee

7. The woman didn’t remember her coat

B. Write the sentences above with past unreal conditionals.

Ex. 1. If her shoelaces hadn’t broken,
2. If the delivery truck hadn't moved moments earlier,

Daisy and her friend would have crossed (cross) the street
and the taxi would have driven (drive) by.

C. Watch the segment and check your answers.




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Mara said...

Hi! I love your blog! It's very useful. Where can I get the link to download this segment?
Thanks a lot for your great work.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Mara,
Check out the link at the end of the post, please. See you.

Alisa said...

Thanks for this awesome blog.

Here's a link to the video without subtitles:

Unknown said...

This segment is truly perfect for teaching third conditional.

Thanks so so much. It helps me a lot.

Anonymous said...

This segment is truly perfect for teaching third conditional.

Thanks so so much. It helps me a lot.

Unknown said...

Hi there, do you know if I can eliminate the subtitules?

Claudio Azevedo said...

No, you cannot. Sorry