The Conditional. By Amy Roper. The Conditional. The conditional tense is used in a largely similar way to that in which it is used in English. It expresses a condition, i.e. ‘would’ in English. Formation of The Conditional.
By Amy Roper
The conditional tense is used in a largely similar way to that in which it is used in English.
It expresses a condition, i.e. ‘would’ in English.
The Conditional Tense is formed by taking the FUTURE STEM of the verb, and adding the IMPERFECT ENDINGS.
For example Using the verb Jouer – to play, we take the infinitive and add the conditional endings
However there are some irregular verbs where the stem changes completely
Venir becomes viendr…
I would go shopping if ...
I would fly if I had wings…
I would type faster if I had more hands…
The IMPERFECT and CONDITIONAL are used together in "si clauses" in the same way as they are used in English.
e.g. If I won the lottery, I would buy a larger house.
Si je gagnais à la loterie, j'achèterais une plus grande maison.
If my friend was not on holiday, we would go to the cinema together,
Si mon ami n'était pas en vacances, nous irions ensemble au cinéma