One of my client recently told me – m’a dit récemment:

– Maintenant, avec le tableau,  le conditionnel est mon ami.


What “tableau” is she talking about?

Laissez-moi vous expliquer:

The conditional is 3 possible words in english:

Would, Could, Should

if you memorize the translation of this 3 words in french, you’re done


Prenons le verbe Manger:

I Would eat -> the verb itself–> je mangerais

I Could eat –> je pourrais+ infinitif –> je pourrais manger

I Should eat–> je devrais + infinitif –> je devrais manger


It works the same for any verb. Et voilà!


WOULD The verb itself J’irais
COULD Conditional POUVOIR+infinitif Je pourrais aller
SHOULD Conditional DEVOIR+infinitif Je devrais aller


Ajoutons le conditionnel passé:

it’s a bit more complicated because some verbs go with être and some verbs go with avoir

Here is an exemple with manger that goes with the verb avoir in the past tense:

I would have eaten -> J’auraisparticipe-> j’aurais mangé

I could have eaten –> J’aurais  + infinitif–> J’aurais  manger

I should have eaten–>J’aurais pu +infintif–>J’aurais pu manger



(any verbs that go with avoir in the past tense)


(any verbs that go with être in the past tense)

Conditionnel présent Je mangerais (I would eat)

je devrais manger (I should eat)

je pourrais manger (I could eat)

J’irais (I would go)

je devrais aller (I should go)

je pourrais aller (I could go)

Conditionnel passé J’aurais mangé (I would have eaten)

j’aurais dû manger (I should have eaten)

j’aurais pu manger (I could have eaten)

Je serais allé (I would have gone)

j’aurais dû aller (I should have gone)

j’aurais pu aller (I could have gone)




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