To express the idea
[wish or desire]
Dans ce cas, je viendraisIn that case, I would comeCe serait formidable de partir en vacances tous ensemble !It would be great to go on holidays together!This is very common in journalism, similar to "it is not yet confirmed" or "apparently...."
After Certain Conjunctions
quandlorsquedès queaussitôt quetantand:au cas où - main verb in any tenseWhen the main verb is in the conditional.Il mangerait quand il arrivaitHe would eat when he arrived
Soften Wishes, Requests, Demands and Desires,
could or would or should
Je voudrais vous dire quelque choseI would like to tell you somethingPourriez-vous m'aiderCould you help me?
To Express Probability,
might or would
Il parle si bien français qu
on le prendrait pour un FrançaisHe speaks French so well that one might take him for a Frenchman