Future Simple

DraganaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Future Simple

Is this correct?

Si je gagnerai au loto demain, j'achèterais une nouvelle voiture.

Should gagner be in future simple or present?


Asked 3 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Dragana

No, it would be -

Si je gagnais au loto, j'achèterais une nouvelle voiture If I won the lottery , I would buy a new car

With Si clauses there are only 3 possibilities :

présent ---> futur

imparfait ----> conditionnel

plus-que-parfait ----> conditionnel antérieur 

Here is the Kwiziq lesson with the case you are highlighting -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/l-imparfait-usage-in-hypothetical-clauses-introduced-by-si-if-followed-by-le-conditionnel-present

Hope this helps!

DraganaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks but if I said - demain - in the futur. Is it correct?

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

In fact I think there are probably two options, just as in English.

1) imparfait ---> conditionnel

Si je gagnais au loto demain, j'achèterais une nouvelle voiture = If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would buy a new car

2) présent ---> futur

Si je gagne au loto demain, j'achèterai une nouvelle voiture = If I win the lottery tomorrow, I will buy a new car.

The second option indicates a greater confidence, or at least optimism.

Future Simple

Is this correct?

Si je gagnerai au loto demain, j'achèterais une nouvelle voiture.

Should gagner be in future simple or present?


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