In this French grammar lesson, you will learn about how to form the conditionnel présent.
In this lesson you will learn about:
- how to form the conditionnel présent in French
- how the conditionnel présent is used in sentences in French
- how you can quiz yourself on how to form the conditionnel présent
- how to practice with flashcards on how to form the conditionnel présent
- how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French
Please refer to the French B1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B1.
By the end of the lesson, you will know all about how to form the conditionnel présent!
Table of Contents
How to form the Conditionnel Présent
|je||futur simple stem||ais|
|tu||futur simple stem||ais|
|il/elle/on||futur simple stem||ait|
|nous||futur simple stem||ions|
|vous||futur simple stem||iez|
|ils/elles||futur simple stem||aient|
Please note that the endings (ais, ais, ait, ions, iez, aient) are the imparfait endings.
The 2 Step Method To Forming the Conditionnel Présent
In order to form the conditionnel présent one must:
- Find the stem of the verb in the futur simple
- Add the imparfait ending (ai, as, a, ons, ez, ont)
The verb parler means to “to speak” in English.
We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the two step method.
The stem of the verb “to speak” is parler.
When we add the new ending ais, the final conjugated form will be parlerais.
So when you wish to say “I would speak” in French you get:
Example Sentences with the Conditionnel Présent
The final section of this lesson on how to form the conditionnel présent is about seeing the conditionnel présent in action.
This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to form the conditionnel présent through examples.
Je finirais mes devoirs si je le pouvais.
I would finish my homework if I could.
Je lui parlerais, si j’en avais le temps.
I would talk with her, if I had the time.
Elle aimerait une tasse de café.
She would like a cup of coffee.
Nous habiterions à Stockholm, si nous en avions l’occasion.
We would live in Stockholm, if we had the opportunity.
Ils danseraient s’ils le pouvaient.
They would dance if they could.
Quiz Yourself on How to Form the Conditionnel Présent
At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.
You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.
You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.
Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.
You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!
How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson
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