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French Tutorial: Le conditionnel

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\({\bf{Le~conditionnel:}}\) or the conditional, is used for actions that are dependent on some condition ex: Je dormirais si je n'avais pas de travail. (I would sleep if I didn't have work.) in this sentence, "if I didn't have work" is the condition upon which the action (dormirais) depends. To form the conditional, take the infinitive and add the appropriate verb ending. For -re verbs, drop the final e first. Verbs with spelling changes in the future tense retain the same stem changes. Conjugations: je: -ais tu: -ais il/elle/on: -ait nous: -ions vous: -iez ils/elles: -aient example: aimer j'aimerais tu aimerais il/elle/on aimerait nous aimerions vous aimeriez ils/elles aimeraient aller --> ir + verb ending j'irais tu irais il/elle irait nous irions vous iriez ils/elles iraient

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\({\bf{Uses:}}\) - if clauses: to describe actions that would take place if certain conditions are met Si tu ├ętais plus gentil, tu aurais peut-├¬tre plus d'amis. (If you were nicer, maybe you'd have more friends.) - advice/recommendations: use the conditional form of devoir, plus the appropriate infinitive Ils devraient travailler plus dur. (They should work harder.) - requests/wishes: Pourriez-vous me donner un verre? (Could you get me a drink?) note that this is based on pouvoir, which is irregular. - future actions referenced from the past: Je doutais qu'elle me remercierait. (I doubted she would thank me.)

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\({\bf{References:}}\) Rochester, Myrna B. Easy French Step-by-Step, United States, McGraw-Hill Education, 2009, 319-321. https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/conditional-mood/ CollinsDictionary for French and English translations Forvo (https://forvo.com/), a French pronunciation database with samples from native French speakers

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