How to form the Conditionnel Passé [+5 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson you will learn about how to form the conditionnel passé.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to form the conditionnel passé in French
  • how the conditionnel passé is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to form the conditionnel passé
  • how Anki files can be downloaded on the topic of how to form the conditionnel passé

Please refer to the French B2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to form the conditionnel passé!

Table of Contents

How to form the Conditionnel Passé

avoir/être in the conditionnel présent
j’/jeaurais / seraisparticip passé
tuaurais / seraisparticip passé
il/elle/onaurait / seraitparticip passé
nousaurions / serionsparticip passé
vousauriez / seriezparticip passé
ils/ellesauraient / seraientparticip passé

The 3 Step Method To Forming the Conditionnel Passé

In order to form the conditionnel passé one must:

  1. Determine whether to use avoir or être
  2. Conjugate avoir/être in the conditionnel présent
  3. Add the particip passé

The verb parler means “to speak” in English.

We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the three step method.

  1. avoir will be used

The lesson on agreement counts here as well.

If it is a verb that you can find in the mnemonic Dr Mrs Vandertramp, or a reflexive verb, then you will use être.

If you cannot find it, or if it is not a reflexive verb, then you will use avoir.

In this case, we cannot find it, and it is not a reflexive verb.

Thus we will use avoir.

  1. aurais

Avoir in the conditionnel présent is aurais.

  1. parlé

The particip passé of parler is parlé.

So when you wish to say “I would have spoken” in French you get:

J’aurais parlé

Example Sentences on How to form the Conditionnel Passé

The final section of this lesson on how to form the conditionnel passé is about seeing the conditionnel passé in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to form the conditionnel passé through examples.


J’aurais étudié à l’étranger, s’il n’y avait pas eu de pandémie.

I would have studied abroad, if there hadn’t been a pandemic.


Thomas aurait aimé acheter un livre.

Thomas would have liked to buy a book.


Nous l’aurions rendu, si nous avions su qu’il était à vous.

We would have returned it, if we had known that it was yours.


Vous auriez pu voir le film avec nous, si vous étiez arrivé plus tôt.

You could have watched the film with us, if you had arrived earlier.


Ils seraient allés au Canada, si vous les aviez invités.

They would have gone to Canada, if you had invited them.

Quiz Yourself on How to Form the Conditionnel Passé

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 Passé

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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