# Conditionals, second conditional

Imagine that I am speaking to a friend who is meeting the president tomorrow. Would it be correct if I said to him:

If I met the president tomorrow, I wouldn't sleep this night.

Should I say "If I met the president tomorrow..." or "If I would meet the president tomorrow..."?

"Met" is past tense. But "tomorrow" means it's in the future. So no, that doesn't make sense. You should use future tense if it's tomorrow. As it's a conditional, then you'd use a future conditional. "If I was going to meet the president tomorrow, I wouldn't sleep tonight."

• Hi! I upvoted your answer! Is English your mother language? Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 10:56
• @MariosAthanasiou Yes.
– Jay
Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 19:48
• Hi! I am very impressed with your answer! Well done! Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 5:25

This is the second conditional and refers to imaginary events in the future that have a low probability of occurring.

A better, more idiomatic, form of your sentence = If I were to meet the president tomorrow, I wouldn't be able to sleep tonight.

• Is it grammatically correct to say "if I would meet her tomorrow...", "If I met her tomorrow...", "If I was meeting her tomorrow..."?
– Vova
Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 22:06
• If I met her tomorrow = correct......................as for the others, they are incorrect ...............If I were to meet her tomorrow; if I were meeting her tomorrow. Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 22:12
• "If I were to meet..." is incorrect? But earlier you wrote it was a better and more idiomatic form. I don't understand you.
– Vova
Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 22:22
• No. I put my corrections in place of your mistakes. So,.If I were to meet her tomorrow.................and.............. if I were meeting her tomorrow................. are both correct Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 22:26
• Ok, I got it. And "If I met her tomorrow..." is also grammatically correct, isn't it?
– Vova
Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 22:32