9.3 French conditional: Conditionnell

9.3.1 Formation of the French conditional: conditionnel présent

The ending for the conditionnel I is always the same, only the stem of verbs differs (but only a bit). Verbs ending in -er und -ir just add this conditionnel-ending to the infinitive. Verbs ending in -oir or -re omit everything of their original ending and just use the r.


(to buy)
(to go out)
j'(e) achèterais I would buy sortirais I would go out -ais
tu achèterais you would buy sortirais you would go out -ais
il / elle achèterait he/she would buy sortirait he/she would go out -ait
nous achèterions we would buy sortirions we would go out -ions
vous achèteriez you would buy sortiriez you would go out - iez
ils / elles achèteraient they would buy sortiraient they would go out - aient

(to understand)
(to move)
j'(e) entendrais I would understand mouvrais I would move -ais
tu entendrais you would understand mouvrais you would move -ais
il / elle entendrait he/she would understand mouvrait he/she would move -ait
nous entendrions we would understand mouvrions we would move -ions
vous entendriez you would understand mouvriez you would move - iez
ils / elles entendraient they would understand mouvraient they would move - aient

Since there is no rule without exception, just have a short look at the the irregular verbs for conditionnel présent.

Irregular verbs   
être = to be vouloir = to want savoir = to know faire = to do avoir = to have
je serais je voudrais je saurais je ferais j' aurais
tu serais tu voudrais tu saurais tu ferais tu aurais
il / elle serait il / elle voudrait il / elle saurait il / elle ferait il / elle aurait
nous serions nous voudrions nous saurions nous ferions nous aurions
vous seriez vous voudriez vous sauriez vous feriez vous auriez
ils / elles seraient ils / elles voudraient ils / elles sauraient ils / elles feraient ils / elles auraient

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