Penser with conditionnel

RoopaC1Kwiziq community member

Penser with conditionnel

Hi,

I had a doubt regarding this statement : 

Je pense que tu vendrais facilement ta maison.

Shouldn't statements with penser/croire etc only be followed by indicatif in the positive or subjonctif in the negative? In what cases can we use conditionnel? I would think this particular sentence should use vendre in the future tense. So:

Je pense que tu vendras facilement ta maison.

Please let me know.

Thanks and regards

Roopa

Asked 2 weeks ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Roopa, 

Just to add to what Jim said, you can say both but it depends on the situation. 

Je pense que tu vendras facilement ta maison I think you will sell your house easily 

( that house is up for sale )

Je pense que tu vendrais facilement ta maison = I think you would sell your house easily

( that house isn't for sale at the moment but should you decide to do so it would sell easily.

Bonne Continuation !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour Roopa,

I read the story as a comment as to what could easily happen that is that the property could easily sell or would easily sell.

The person commenting is not in a position to say what will happen only what could/would happen in a speculative sense.

Hope this helps.

Bonne journée

Jim

Penser with conditionnel

Hi,

I had a doubt regarding this statement : 

Je pense que tu vendrais facilement ta maison.

Shouldn't statements with penser/croire etc only be followed by indicatif in the positive or subjonctif in the negative? In what cases can we use conditionnel? I would think this particular sentence should use vendre in the future tense. So:

Je pense que tu vendras facilement ta maison.

Please let me know.

Thanks and regards

Roopa

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