How to form the Conditionnel Passé [+5 Examples & Quiz]

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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 to practice with flashcards on 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.

étudier

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.

aimer

Thomas aurait aimé acheter un livre.

Thomas would have liked to buy a book.

rendre

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.

pouvoir

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.

aller

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

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!

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