2 Le ConditionnelJust as the futur simple is a tense that describes what will happen;The Conditionnel describes what would happenIn 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 ConditionnelIn 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 -ionsInfinitive of the verb + -ais -iez ait -aientparler → je parleraisfinir → tu finiraisFor –re verbs, drop the final « e », before adding the endingsrendre → nous rendrions
5 Le verbes irréguliers avoir → j’aurai (futur simple) 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 simpleavoir → j’aurai (futur simple)j’aurais (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 ShouldIn 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 lightWe would comeYou (pl.) couldThey (m.) should
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