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6 February 2017
Hi. I am confused about some of the sentences in this lesson
Some sentences seem very similar to "will have" (futur antérrior) and I can't tell the difference. For example: Apparemment, ils seraient partis ce matin.
Apparently, they would have left this morning.
Selon Tom, elles seraient rentrées chez elles vers 3 heures.
According to Tom, they would have come home around 3. Why would you not say"According to Tom, they will have come home around 3" or "Apparently they will have left this morning"?
This question relates to:French lesson "Conjugate verbs (+ être) in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional)"
9 February 2017
30 April 2019
Adding to what Jim said:
The futur anterieur uses the future of the auxiliary and is a sort of a "future perfect" - ie. will have left/gone/eaten. - so Ils seront partis ce matin là, or elles seront rentrées chez elles, or je serai arrivé...
The conditionnel passé refers to something in the past which might or might not have occurred - ie. would have left/gone/eaten.
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