Propositions conditionnelles : Irréel du présent
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The second conditional is an if-then proposition that expresses an unlikely situation:
If something happened (the condition), then something else would happen (the result).
The order of the clauses makes no difference as long as si / "if" stays in front of the correct verb form:
- Si + imperfect + conditional
- Conditional + si + imperfect
Though it might seem counter-intuitive, the conditional mood does not indicate the condition, but rather the result.
|S’il faisait beau, nous irions à la plage.|
Nous irions à la plage s’il faisait beau.
|If it were nice out, we would to the beach.|
We’d go to the beach if it were nice out.
(Right now it’s not nice out, but if that changes, we’ll go.)
|Si je n’avais pas de café le matin, je serais grognon.|
Je serais grognon si je n’avais pas de café le matin.
|If I didn’t have coffee in the morning, I’d be grouchy.|
I would be grouchy if I didn’t have coffee in the morning.
(Fortunately, I usually do have coffee.)
|Si tu faisais tes devoirs, tu pourrais sortir ce soir.|
Tu pourrais sortir ce soir si tu faisais tes devoirs.
|If you did your homework, you would be able to go out tonight.|
You would be able to go out tonight if you did your homework.
(You haven’t done it yet, so it looks like you’ll be staying in.)
- Expressing a condition with “if” (Lesson, 10th-11th grade)
- Expressing a condition with “if” (Worksheet, 10th-11th grade)
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