How to form the Conditionnel Présent [+5 Examples]

How to form the Conditionnel Présent

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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 Anki files can be downloaded on the topic of how to form the conditionnel présent.

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

(imparfait) ending
jefutur simple stemais
tufutur simple stemais
il/elle/onfutur simple stemait
nousfutur simple stemions
vousfutur simple stemiez
ils/ellesfutur simple stemaient

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:

  1. Find the stem of the verb in the futur simple
  2. 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.

  1. parler

The stem of the verb “to speak” is parler.

  1. parlerais

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:

Je parlerais

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.

finir

Je finirais mes devoirs si je le pouvais.

I would finish my homework if I could.

parler

Je lui parlerais, si j’en avais le temps.

I would talk with her, if I had the time.

aimer

Elle aimerait une tasse de café.

She would like a cup of coffee.

habiter

Nous habiterions à Stockholm, si nous en avions l’occasion.

We would live in Stockholm, if we had the opportunity.

danser

Ils danseraient s’ils le pouvaient.

They would dance if they could.

Quiz Yourself on How to Form the Conditionnel Présent

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

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.

Anki File for How to Form the Conditionnel Présent

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French B1, you can practice every French B1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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