French Conditional Tense


In this video tutorial lesson you will learn all about the conditional tense in French. This is the tense that you use when you want to say that you would do something. The conjugations are very simple and there is very little to memorize. For regular ER, IR and RE verbs all you have to do is add on the conditional endings to the infinitive, or mother forms of the verbs. For example, to say I would like you say, “j’aimerais” with “aimer” being the infinitive form of the verb and “ais” being the ending.

Regular Verbs

Aimer = To Likej’aimerais - I would like
tu aimerais – You would like
il/Elle/on aimerait – He/she/on would like
nous aimerions – We could like
vous aimeriez – You (pl, formal) would like
ils/elles aimeraient – They would like
Finir – To Finishje finirais
tu finirais
il/elle/on finirait
nous finirions
vous finiriez
ils/elles finiraient
Vendre = To Sellje vendrais
tu vendrais
il/elle/on vendrait
nous vendrions
vous vendriez
ils/elles vendraient

Irregular Verbs

In the video lesson you will also learn the conditional tense for the irregular verbs être (to be), avoir (to have), aller (to go) and pouvoir (can or to be able to). What’s easy is that while the endings are the same as the regular verbs all you have to do is change the verb stems. For example, the stem of être becomes “ser”, avoir becomes “aur”, aller becomes “ir”, pouvoir becomes “pourr” and faire becomes “fer”.

être – To beje serais
tu serais
il/elle/on serait
nous serions
vous seriez
ils/elles seraient
Avoir – To Havej’aurais
tu aurais
il/elle/on aurait
nous aurions
vous auriez
ils/elles auraient
Aller – To Goj’irais
tu irais
il/elle/on irait
nous irions
vous iriez
ils/elles iraient
Pouvoir – To Be Ableje pourrais
tu pourrais
il/elle/on pourrait
nous pourrions
vous pourriez
ils/elles pourraient
Faire = To Make/Doje ferais
tu ferais
il/elle/on ferait
nous ferions
vous feriez
ils/elles feraient

To make the learning process easier you can also read through some example phrases. For further practice you can also try to make your own sentences.

Practice Sentences

J’irais à la plage mais je n’ai pas de temps.
I would go to the beach but I don’t have time.Je mangerais mais je n’ai pas faim.
I would eat but I’m not hungry.Il achèterait la maison mais n’a pas d’argent.
He would buy the house he doesn’t have any money.Je viendrais mais je suis occupé.
I would come but I’m busy.

Je finirais mes devoirs mais je dois aller au magasin.
I would finish my homeword but I have to go tot he store.

Il aimerait vendre sa voiture mais il l’a toujours besoin.
He would like to sell his car but he still needs it.

Nous pourrions y aller s’il n’est pas trop tard.
We would be able to go there if it is not too late.J’achèterais du fromage français si j’avais plus d’argent.
I would be some French cheese if I had more money.Il ferait plus d’exercice s’il avait plus de temps libre.
He would do more exercise if he had more free time.Nous irions en vacances mais mon père doit travailler.
We would go on vacation but my father must work.

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