# Conditionals: continuous tense in if-clause

There are 5 types of conditionals, and I haven't found any with continuous tense in 'if' clause.

Suppose there is a long radio show. Eventually the presenter says something like 'the secret code is 555'. Listeners may call to the office, tell that '555' code and win some prize.

I can say something like:

• If he listens to the show, he may win a prize.
• If he had listened to the show, he could have won a prize.

But how should I say about the process (of listening) itself instead of the fact? I mean, the duration of the show may be an hour, but presenter tells the code on 5th (10th, 21st etc) minute. So, you should not listen whole show to win a prize - only 5 minutes (10, 21 ...) from the beginning is enough. I believe the examples above imply that the person should listen the whole show.

• You can use continuous tense in the "if" clause, but it doesn't mean what you want it to. But that's not a problem, because the examples you give don't indicate whether the person listens to the whole show or not. – Peter Shor Dec 25 '16 at 22:46
• I think it's not quite clear what you're asking. I don't understand "But how should I say about the process (of listening) itself instead of the fact?" – Silenus Dec 25 '16 at 22:48
• @Silenus, will "non-finished process" clarify it? – Mr Q. Dec 25 '16 at 22:52
• Is this what you’re looking for? “If only he had been listening to the show during one of those times when the secret code was announced, he would have been able to have won a prize.” – tchrist Dec 25 '16 at 22:56
• There are far more than 5 sorts of conditional constructions; the so-called '0, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, mixed' which teachers use to introduce learners to conditionals only scratch the surface. – StoneyB on hiatus Dec 26 '16 at 1:08