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1. Steve Jobs is going to tell three stories from his life. What is the first story about? . 2.

. Why did his mother decide to put him up for adoption? . 3. Why wasnt he finally adopted by the lawyer and his wife? . 4. Why did his mother refuse to sign the adoption papers? . 5. How long had he been at Reed College before he quit? . 6. Why did he drop out? ... 7. What did he do as soon as he dropped out? . 8. How did he get by? 1. What is the third story about? . 2. What question has he asked himself every morning for the past 33 years? .. . 3. What is the most important tool that has helped him make the big choices in life? . 4. What type of cancer was he diagnosed with? . 5. How long did the doctors say he should expect to live? .. . 6. What did his doctor advise him to do? . 7. Taking into consideration that our time is limited,
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1. What is the second story about? 2. When and where did he start Apple? .. 3. How much was Apple worth ten years later? 4. How many employees did it have? 5. Why was he fired from Apple? How did he feel? .. . 6. What helped him start again? ... 7. What was the first computer animated feature film?

Third Conditional Sentences


When we are talking about the past, and we want to imagine how a situation could have been different if things hadnt happened the way they did, we use 3 rd Conditional sentences. The verb in the if-clause (condition) is in the past perfect tense, and the verb in the main clause (consequence or result) is in the perfect conditional.

If-clause
the condition (unreal past) If + past perfect If + had + V3

Main clause
the (imaginary) result perfect conditional would could might

+ have + V3

If Steves mother hadnt been a young,


unmarried, college graduate student,

she wouldnt have him up for adoption.

decided to put

Now complete the following conditional sentences about Steve Jobs life.
1. The lawyer and his wife (adopt) Steve if they (not decide) at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. 2. If his adoptive parents (not promise) he would someday go to college, his biological mother (not sign) the final adoption papers. 3. If he (not drop out), he (not drop in) on a calligraphy class. 4. The first Mac (not have) its beautiful typography if he (not take) that calligraphy class. 5. Apple (not grow) into a $2 billion company if they (not work) hard for ten years. 6. If he (not be) fired from Apple, he (not start) Pixar. 7. If Apple (not buy) NeXT, he (not return) to Apple. 8. None of this (happen) if he

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ANSWER KEY
1. Steve Jobs is going to tell three stories from his life. What is the first story about? It is about connecting the dots. 2. Why did his mother decide to put him up for adoption? Because she was a young, unmarried college graduate student. 3. Why wasnt he finally adopted by the lawyer and his wife? They decided at the last minute that they wanted a girl. 4. Why did his mother refuse to sign the adoption papers? Because the adoptive parents were not college graduates. 5. How long had he been at Reed College before he quit? He had been at Reed College for 6 months before he quit. 6. Why did he drop out? He felt he was wasting his parents savings (as he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life). 7. What did he do as soon as he dropped out? He began dropping in on the classes that looked interesting. 8. How did he get by? He slept on the floor in friends' rooms, he bought food with the money he received from returning coke bottles, and he had one free meal a week at a Hare Krishna temple. 1. What is the third story about? It is about death. 2. What question has he asked himself every morning for the past 33 years? If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? 3. What is the most important tool that has helped him make the big choices in life? Remembering that I'll be dead soon. 4. What type of cancer was he diagnosed with? He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 5. How long did the doctors say he should expect to live? No longer than three to six months. 6. What did his doctor advise him to do? To go home and get his affairs in order. 7. Taking into consideration that our time is limited, what does he advise his college audience is the most important thing to do? To have the courage to follow their heart and intuition. 8. What was on the back cover of The Whole Earth Catalog final issue? There was a photograph of an early morning country 1. What is the second story about? It is about love and loss. 2. When and where did he start Apple? He and his partner started Apple in his parents' garage when he was 20. 3.How much was Apple worth ten years later? $2 billion. 4.How many employees did it have? Over 4000. 5. Why was he fired from Apple? How did he feel? He fell out with the person he ran the company with, and the Board of Directors sided with this person. Steve was devastated. 6. What helped him start again? The fact that he still loved what he did. 7. What was the first computer animated feature film? Toy Story. 8. How did he return to Apple? He returned to Apple when Apple bought his company NeXT.

ANSWER KEY
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Now complete the following conditional sentences about Steve Jobs life.
1. The lawyer and his wife would have adopted (adopt) Steve if they hadnt decided (not decide) at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. 2. If his adoptive parents hadnt promised (not promise) he would someday go to college, his biological mother wouldnt have signed (not sign) the final adoption papers. 3. If he hadnt dropped out (not drop out), he wouldnt have dropped in (not drop in) on a calligraphy class. 4. The first Mac wouldnt have had (not have) its beautiful typography if he hadnt taken (not take) that calligraphy class. 5. Apple wouldnt have grown (not grow) into a $2 billion company if they hadnt worked (not work) hard for ten years. 6. If he hadnt been (not be) fired from Apple, he wouldnt have started (not start) Pixar. 7. If Apple hadnt bought (not buy) NeXT, he wouldnt have returned (not return) to

Here are the links to the video and the transcript: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtbJM9ksxo8 (English subtitles part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLl59Q2GuC0 (English subtitles part 2) http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html (the text)

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