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Conditional tense - talking about what would happen, ambitions and intentions

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This Revision Bite will give you practice in using the conditional tense in French to talk about what would happen, ambitions and intentions.

Forming the conditional tense

The conditional tense is used to talk about what would happen in the future:

  • Je regarderais la télé (I would watch TV)

To form the conditional tense, add the imperfect endings to the future stem:

  • Regarder --> je regarderais (I would watch)
  • Finir --> tu finirais (you would finish)
  • Prendre --> il/elle/on prendrait (he/she/it would take)
  • Manger --> nous mangerions (we would eat)
  • Partir --> vous partiriez (you would leave)
  • Vendre --> ils/elles vendraient (they would sell)

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