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The Conditional Mood

The Conditional Mood

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The Conditional Mood
le Conditionel 
Formation
The stem is the same as the stem used for the future tense. This means that in most cases, the stemis simply the infinitive form. The others have irregular stems, some of which are shown below.
employer
emploier-
acheter
achèter 
appeler
appeller 
cueillir
cueiller 
s'asseoir
s'assiér 
aller
ir 
avoir
aur 
être
ser 
faire
 fer 
savoir
saur 
falloir
il faudrait 
valoir
vaudr 
vouloir
voudr 
apercevoir
apecevr 
décevoir
décevr 
devoir
devr 
pleuvoir
il pleuvrait 
recevoir
recevr 
courir
courr 
secourir
secourr 
mourir
mourr 
pouvoir
 pourr 
voir
verr 
envoyer
enverr 
tenir
tiendr 
venir
viendr 
The endings are:
 
ais - ions
 
ais - iez
 
ait - aient
 
 
Use
To express the idea
would 
[wish or desire]
 
or doubt
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
 
 
In Indirect Discourse
Expresses a future action where the main verb in past tenseIl m'a dit qu'il viendraitHe told me that he would come
To Give Advice,
should or ought to
 
Vous devriez prendre du reposYou should get some rest
To express a future action from the past
Jeudi dernier, il a dit qu
il passerait nous voir. Mais il n
est pas venu.Last Thursday, he said that he would see us. But he didn
t come.

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