Conditional Mood Conjugations

Conjugaisons du conditionnel

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French conditional conjugations are, along with the future, the easiest in the entire language. Regular verbs and the majority of irregular verbs use their infinitives as the conditional stem, and there is a single set of conditional endings for all verbs.

  • For -er and -ir verbs, add the conditional ending to the infinitive.
  • For -re verbs, remove the final -e from the infinitive before adding the conditional endings.
  • For stem-changing and the few irregular conditional verbs, add the conditional ending to the irregular conditional stem.

Par exemple…

Here are the conditional conjugations for the regular verbs aimer (to like), choisir (to choose), and rendre (to return); the stem-changing verb lever (to lift), and the irregular verb être (to be):

Pronoun Ending aimer >
choisir >
rendre >
lever >
être >
 je  -ais aimerais choisirais rendrais lèverais serais
 tu  -ais aimerais choisirais rendrais lèverais serais
 il  -ait aimerait choisirait rendrait lèverait serait
 nous  -ions aimerions choisirions rendrions lèverions serions
 vous  -iez aimeriez choisiriez rendriez lèveriez seriez
 ils  -aient aimeraient choisiraient rendraient lèveraient seraient

 French conditional stems are identical to future stems.

Conditional endings are identical to imperfect endings.

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