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Conjugaisons du conditionnel
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.
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):
French conditional stems are identical to future stems.
Conditional endings are identical to imperfect endings.
Think you’ve got it? Test yourself on the French conditional with these fill-in-the-blanks exercises:
- Irregular conditional stems
- Using the conditional
- PwLF super list of conditional lessons
- Future tense
- Introduction to verbs
- Culinary culture (Lesson, 8th-9th grade)
- Culinary culture: Grammar (Worksheet, 10th-11th grade)
- Expressing a condition with “if” (Lesson, 10th-11th grade)
- Expressing a condition with “if” (Worksheet, 10th-11th grade)
- Idioms with “if” (Worksheet, 8th-10th grade)
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