Forming the Past Conditional Tense

The similarities between the conditional and future tenses extend to the past, too. Like the construction of the future perfect, the past conditional tense uses the present conditional conjugation of the auxiliary verb, whether it is avoir or être. The appropriate past participle is then added, and any necessary agreements are made. For more information on the agreement of past participles, refer to Chapter 12.

Avoir

Remember that past participles used with avoir must agree in gender and number with any preceding direct object pronouns. Refer to Chapter 12 for more information.

Table 15-6

Conditionnel Conjugation of Avoir

Singular

Plural

j'aurais

nous aurions

tu aurais

vous auriez

il/elle aurait

ils/elles auraient

Être

Remember that past participles used with être must agree with the preceding subject pronoun; object pronouns do not modify the past participle when used with être as the auxiliary verb.

Table 15-7

Conditionnel Conjugation of Être

Singular

Plural

je serais

nous serions

tu serais

vous seriez

il/elle serait

ils/elles seraient

Here are some examples. Listen to the CD for their pronunciation:

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