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Conditionnel Passé / Conditional Past - j'aurais fait

 

(Repetition)

The Conditionnel Présent / Conditional Present corresponds to the English Conditional Present (would ...).

- Politeness
- Wishes
- Conditional Clauses (if ...)

Usage

French

English

Politeness

Tu pourais m’aider?

Could you help me?

Wish

J’aimerais bien acheter une voiture.

I would like to buy a car.

Conditional Clauses (if / si)

Si j’avais une voiture je ne prendrais plus le bus.

If I had a car, I wouldn’t take the bus anymore.

Conditionnel Passé / Conditional Past - Formation:

 

The Conditionnel Passé / Past Conditional is the past of the Conditionnel Présent / Conditional Present. It describes a state or an action, that are irreal and finished. Regarding the time it is already to late for it.

Examples:

 

French

English

Declarative Sentence

Il aurait travaillé.

He would have worked.

Negative Declarative Sentence

Il n’aurait pas travaillé.

He wouldn’t have worked.

Question

Est-ce qu’il aurait travaillé?

Would he have worked?

Form:

The Conditionnel Passé / Past Conditional constists of a form of “avoir” - to have - (unmoved) or “être” - to be - (moved) and the Participe Passé / Past Participle.

Forms of the Auxiliary Verbs (Conditionnel Présent / Conditional Present):

avoir - to have

French

English

j’aurais

I would have

tu aurais

you would have

il / elle / on aurait

he / she / it would have

nous aurions

we would have

vous auriez

you would have

ils / elles auraient

they would have

être - to be

French

English

je serais

I would be

tu serais

you would be

il / elle / on serait

he / she / it would be

nous serions

we would be

vous seriez

you would be

ils / elles seraient

they would be

 

The Participe Passé / Past Participle is the second part of the Past Conditional

 

List of some important verbs, that form the Past Conditional with “être” - to be:

Infinitive

Participe Passé / Past Participle

English

aller

allé

to go

arriver

arrivé

to arrive

descendre

descendu

to go down

devenir

devenu

to become

entrer

entré

to enter

monter

monté

to rise / to climb, to get in / on

mourir

mort

to die

naître

to be born

partir

parti

to leave

rentrer

rentré

to come back

rester

resté

to stay

retourner

retourné

to come back

revenir

revenu

to come back

sortir

sorti

to go out

tomber

tombé

to fall

venir

venu

to come

Reflexive Verben im Conditionnel Passé

Reflexive verbs use the auxiliary verb "être" to form the Conditionnel Passé / Past Conditional.

Example:

Demain j’aurais peut-être déjà oublié les problèmes d’aujourd’hui. - Maybe tomorrow I will already have forgotten today’s problems.

When do you adjust the Past Participle / Participe Passé?

There is no adjustment of the Past Participle / Participe Passé with:
- the auxiliary verb "avoir" > elle aurait écouté - she would have listened

There is an adjustment of the Past Participle / Participe Passé with:

- the auxiliary verb "être" > elle serait tombée - she would have fallen
- reflexive verbs > elle se serait levée - she would have stood up
- complements (direct object) > elle l’aurait vue - she would have seen it
- complements (direct object / relative clause) > la voiture qu’elle aurait vue - the car that she had seen

Examples:

A verb that uses "avoir - to have" to form the Conditionnel Passé / Past Conditional: manger - to eat

French

English

j’aurais mangé

I would have eaten

tu aurais mangé

you would have eaten

il / elle / on aurait mangé

he / she / it would have eaten

nous aurions mangé

we would have eaten

vous auriez mangé

you would have eaten

ils / elles auraient mangé

they would have eaten

A verb that uses "être - to be" to form the Conditionnel Passé / Past Conditional: aller - to go

French

English

je serais allé(e)

I would have gone

tu serais allé(e)

you would have gone

il serait allé
elle serait allée
on serait allé

he / she / it would have gone

nous serions allé(e)s

we would have gone

vous seriez allé(e)s
vous seriez allé(e)s

you would have gone

ils seraient allés
elles seraient allées

they would have gone

Examples:

French

English

Après les festival il aurait bien voulu passer un week-end calme à la maison.

After the festival he would have liked to spend a quiet weekend at home.

 

Also read:

French - Conditionnel Présent - il mangerait

French - Future in the Past / Futur Antérieur / Futur II - il aura mangé

French - Le Futur Antérieur - pdf

French - Futur Composé / Futur Proche - je vais aller

French - Le Futur Composé - pdf

French - Future Present / Avenir / Future I - j'irai

French - Le Futur Simple - pdf

French - Gérondif / Gerund

French - Imparfait / Past Tense

French - L'Imparfait - pdf

French - il y a - c'est - ... - pdf

French - Negation - ne ... pas, ne ... rien, ne ... aucun, ne ... jamais

French - La Négation - pdf

French - Participe Passé / Past Participle

French - Participe Présent / Present Participle

French - Passé Composé - j'ai fait

French - Passé Composé and Imparfait

French - Le Passé Composé - pdf

French - Le Passé Composé / L'Imparfait - pdf

French - Plus-que-parfait - j'avais fait

and:

French - Questions

French - Les Pronoms - pdf

French - Le Pronom Possessif - pdf

French - Pronoun - Demonstrative Pronoun - ce, cet, cette, ces

French - Pronoun - Demonstrative Pronoun - celui

 

 

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