The Conditional Mood le Conditionel

The stem is the same as the stem used for the future tense. This means that in most cases, the stem is simply the infinitive form. The others have irregular stems, some of which are shown below.

employer acheter appeler cueillir s'asseoir aller avoir être faire savoir falloir valoir vouloir apercevoir décevoir devoir pleuvoir recevoir courir secourir mourir pouvoir voir envoyer tenir venir
The endings are:    ais ais ait - ions - iez - aient

emploierachèter appeller cueiller s'assiér ir aur ser fer saur il faudrait vaudr voudr apecevr décevr devr il pleuvrait recevr courr secourr mourr pourr verr enverr tiendr viendr

To express the idea would [wish or desire] or doubt Dans ce cas, je viendrais In that case, I would come Ce 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 quand lorsque dès que aussitôt que tant and: au cas où - main verb in any tense When the main verb is in the conditional. Il mangerait quand il arrivait He would eat when he arrived Soften Wishes, Requests, Demands and Desires, could or would or should Je voudrais vous dire quelque chose I would like to tell you something Pourriez-vous m'aider Could you help me? To Express Probability, might or would Il parle si bien français qu’on le prendrait pour un Français He 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 tense Il m'a dit qu'il viendrait He told me that he would come To Give Advice, should or ought to Vous devriez prendre du repos You 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.

The Conditional Perfect le conditionel au passé
This is a compound past tense. It uses the conditional tense of avoir or être and the past participle of the verb. It is translated as ‘would have’ j’aurais donné I would have given elle serait rentrée she would have come back vous vous seriez amuse(e)(s) you would have amused yourself(ves) Often used to express regrets about something that happened Il y aurait eu de la place au sous-sol There would have been room in the basement It is formed with the auxiliary verb (être ou avoir) in the conditional and then the past participle, with agreement as in the perfect tense Elle aurait gavé les enfants de chocolat She would have stuffed the children with chocolate Si j'avais su que tu m'attendais, je me serais dépêché(e) If I had known you were waiting for me, I would have hurried When using the pluperfect in the part of the sentence introduced by si, you need the conditional perfect in the main part of the sentence Conditional perfect is common with the verb devoir, to indicate what you should have done j'aurais dû travailler un peu plus I should have worked a bit more
The conditional perfect can also be used to describe something that is unconfirmed, also used by journalists and reporters Dix avions auraient été abattus hier It is reported that ten planes were brought down yesterday

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