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Le Conditionnel Saying what would be. Le Conditionnel Just as the futur simple is a tense that describes what will happen; The Conditionnel describes.

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1 Le Conditionnel Saying what would be

2 Le Conditionnel Just as the futur simple is a tense that describes what will happen; The Conditionnel describes what would happen In English, to form the conditional, you insert the helping verb « would » before the present tense verb. - I go present tense - I would go conditional (present tense with the helping verb « would » in front)

3 Le Conditionnel In French, however, the conditional is formed by adding endings to the infinitive: Je parle I speak (present tense) Je parlerais I would speak (conditionnel) In other words, the English word « would » is included in the ending.

4 Forming le conditionnel To form the conditional: -ais-ions Infinitive of the verb + -ais-iez -ait-aient –parler je parlerais –finir tu finirais For –re verbs, drop the final « e », before adding the endings rendre nous rendrions

5 Le verbes irréguliers Just like in the futur simple, there are irregular verbs in the conditional; however there is good news! The conditional has the exact same stems as the futur simple avoir jaurai (futur simple) jaurais (conditionnel) être nous serons (futur simple) nous serions (conditionnel)

6 You already know all these irregular stems from the futur simple, but here they are again: aller ir- avoir aur- devoir devr- être ser- faire fer- pouvoir pourr- venir viendr- voir verr- vouloir voudr-

7 Could and Should In English, the word could is simply the combination: « Would + can » or « Would + to be able to » Similarly, the word Should is the combination « Would + must » or « would + to have to »

8 À-vous I would eat You would talk He would do She would celebrate One would light We would come You (pl.) could They (m.) should


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