• French grammar
  • 1 French alphabet
  • 2 French pronunciation and phonetics [0/7]
  • 3 Nature and function of French words [0/23]
  • Multiple choice exercise about the nature of French words (Score -/-)
  • Multiple choice questions about the function of French words (Score -/-)
  • 3.1 The subject in French [0/3]
  • 3.2 The apostrophe and apposition in French [0/2]
  • 3.3 The complement object in French [0/12]
  • 3.4 The circumstancial complement in French [0/2]
  • 3.5 The agent complement in French [0/2]
  • 4 French articles [0/9]
  • 5 French nouns [0/13]
  • 6 French pronouns [0/20]
  • Multiple choice questions about the pronouns in French (Score -/-)
  • 6.1 French personal pronouns - je, tu, il [0/3]
  • 6.2 French possessive pronouns - le mien, le tien [0/2]
  • 6.3 French reflexive pronouns - me, te, se [0/2]
  • 6.4 French demonstrative pronouns - celui, celle, ceux [0/2]
  • 6.5 French relative pronouns - qui, que, qu' [0/4]
  • 6.6 French indefinite pronouns - tout, chacun [0/2]
  • 6.7 French interrogative pronouns - qui, que, lequel [0/2]
  • 6.8 French adverbial pronouns - en, y [0/2]
  • 7 French adjectives [0/17]
  • Multiple choice questions about the epithet, attribute in French (Score -/-)
  • 7.1 Endings of regular and irregular French adjectives [0/3]
  • 7.2 Comparative and superlative of French adjectives [0/3]
  • 7.3 Placement of French adjectives [0/2]
  • 7.4 French possessive adjectives - mon, ton, son [0/4]
  • 7.5 French demonstrative adjectives - ce, cette [0/2]
  • 7.6 French indefinite adjectives - toutes, quelques [0/2]
  • 8 French adverbs [0/18]
  • 9 French prepositions [0/10]
  • 10 French verbs [0/135]
  • 10.1 Tenses and moods in French [0/63]
  • 10.1.1 Indicative in French [0/26]
  • Present tense in French [0/2]
  • Past tenses in French [0/13]
  • Future tenses in French [0/11]
  • 10.1.2 Subjunctive in French (le Subjonctif) [0/11]
  • 10.1.3 Conditional in French (le conditionnel) [0/10]
  • 10.1.4 Imperative in French [0/3]
  • 10.1.5 Infinitive in French [0/4]
  • 10.1.6 Gerund in French [0/2]
  • 10.1.7 Present participle in French [0/3]
  • 10.1.8 Past participle in French [0/4]
  • 10.2 French auxiliary verbs (avoir, être) [0/11]
  • 10.3 Modal verbs in French [0/17]
  • Fill in the blank exercise for the modal verbs in French (Score -/-)
  • 10.3.1 Conjugation of pouvoir (can) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.2 Conjugation of devoir (should) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.3 conjugation of vouloir (want) in French [0/4]
  • 10.3.4 Conjugation of savoir (to know) in French [0/4]
  • 10.4 Passive voice in French [0/4]
  • 10.5 Reflexive verbs in French [0/4]
  • 10.6 Irregular verbs in French [0/24]
  • Fill in the blanks exercise of the irregular verbs in French (Score -/-)
  • Fill in the blanks exercise of the irregular verbs in French II (Score -/-)
  • 10.6.1 Conjugation of venir (to come) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.2 conjugation of aller (to go) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.3 conjugation of faire (to do) in French [0/4]
  • 10.6.4 conjugation of prendre (to take) in French [0/3]
  • 10.6.5 conjugation of voir (to see) in French [0/3]
  • 10.6.6 Conjugation of partir (to leave) in French [0/4]
  • 10.7 Regular verbs in French [0/8]
  • 10.8 Reported Speech in French [0/4]
  • 11 French sentence structure [0/25]
  • Multiple choice questions about the sentence structure in French (Score -/-)
  • 11.1 The phrases in French [0/5]
  • 11.2 The forms of phrases in French [0/7]
  • 11.3 The types of phrases in French [0/8]
  • 11.4 The propositions in French [0/4]
  • 12 French si clauses [0/3]
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  • Present conditional in French

    The present conditional (French: le conditionnel présent) is generally used to express:

    • The future of the past (events that, viewed from the past, take place at a later time)
    • A polite request or a wish
    • A possibility or assumption (with caution)

    After the imperfect in a 'si' clause, the conditional is used in the main clause and with these following expressions, which set a condition: au cas où, dans le cas où, pour le cas où, dans l'hypothèse où

    Sample sentences  Translations Use

    Je ferais bien une tarte. 

    I would probably make a pie. Assumption 
    Je comprendrais ta décision.  I would understand your decision. Possibility 
    J'ai attendu qu'ils auraient le plus grand chien. I heard that they would have the biggest dog.  Future of the past 
    Si je gagnais au loto, je ferais un voyage. If I won the jackpot, I would do a journey.  'si' clause
    J'aimerais que tu ailles à la boutique. I would like you to go to the shop. wish, polite request 
    Au cas où nous serions absents If ever we wouldn't be here.  expressions which set a condition 

    Formation of the present conditional in French 

    The tense forms of the regular and  irregular verbs are made up of:

    • the infinitive form
    • the imperfect endings: ais - ais - ait - ions - iez - iaient  

    Regular forms of the present conditional 

    The present conditional for regular forms are the same for all verbs groups. They are composed of an -r- and the endings of the imperfect tense. 

    Travailler (to work) Dormir (to sleep) Prendre (to take)

    Je travaillerais

    (I would work)

    Je dormirais

    (I would sleep)

    Je prendrais 

    (I would take) 

    Tu travaillerais Tu dormirais Tu prendrais
    Il/elle/on travaillerait Il/elle/on dormirait Il/elle/on prendrait
    Nous travaillerions Nous dormirions Nous prendrions
    Vous travailleriez Vous dormiriez Vous prendriez
    Ils/elles travailleraient Ils/elles dormiraient Ils/elles prendraient 

    enlightenedNote that the regular verb that have 'y' changes to 'i'. 

    • Essuyer: J'essuierais, tu essuierais, il essuierait... 
    • Payer: je paierais, tu paierais, il paierait...
    • Nettoyer: je nettoierais, tu nettoierais, il nettoierait... 

    ​Irregular forms of the present conditional 

    They are many verbs that make the conditional irregular: the auxiliary verbs 'être' and 'avoir' and verbs of the 3rd group. They differ from the remaining irregular verbs by their stem, and some take a 'd' before the endings. 

    Present conditional of être and avoir 

    être (to be)

    avoir (to have)
    Je serais J'aurais
    Tu serais  Tu aurais
    Il/elle/on serait Il/elle/on aurait
    Nous serions Nous aurions
    Vous seriez Vous auriez
    Ils/elles seraient Ils/elles auraient

    Present conditional of 3rd group verbs

    aller (to go) voir (to see)  faire (to do) 
    J' irais Je verrais Je ferais
    Tu irais Tu verrais Tu ferais
    Il/elle/on irait Il/elle/on verrait Il/elle/on ferait
    Nous irions Nous verrions Nous ferions
    Vous iriez Vous verriez Vous feriez
    Ils/elles iraient Ils/elles verraient  Ils/elles feraient 

    Present conditional of 3rd group that take a 'd'

    venir (to come) tenir (to hold) valoir (to worth)
    Je viendrais Je tiendrais Je vaudrais
    Tu viendrais Tu tiendrais Tu vaudrais
    Il/elle/on viendrait Il/elle/on tiendrait Il/elle/on vaudrait
    Nous viendrions Nous tiendrions Nous vaudrions
    Vous viendriez Vous tiendriez Vous vaudriez
    Ils/elles viendraient Ils/elles tiendraient Ils/elles vaudraient

    Other irregular forms of the present conditional 

    • Courrir: - elles courraient (they would run)
    • Devoir -  je devrais (I would have to)
    • Envoyer -  tu enverrais (you would send)
    • Mourir -  vous mourriez (you would die)
    • Pouvoir -  ils pourraient (they could)
    • Recevoir - je recevrais (I would receive)
    • Savoir  - tu saurais (you would know)
    • Vouloir -  je voudrais (I would) 
    • Falloir -  il faudrait (it would)
    • Pleuvoir - il pleuvrait (it would rain)

    enlightenedYou can memorize the irregular verb forms of le conditionnel présent, because they will most certainly meet you more frequently. 


    French conditional exercises I

    French conditional exercises II

    French present conditional exercise III

    Question set exercise about the present conditional in French