Question on "would" from a past perspective

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Bill

Kwiziq community member

2 November 2018

8 replies

Question on "would" from a past perspective

I am wondering how to form a statement using would (le conditionnel?) from a past perspective.  As in "I spent a lot of time deciding what I would eat for lunch today".  Could someone tell me if the below is correct?  Apologies for the spelling/accent errors as I am typing on a computer where i don't know how to type those, but i've tried to approximate the critical ones below.

j'ai passe' beaucoup de temps `a decider quoi je mangerais pour dejeuner aujourd'hui.

Or

maybe i should say "quoi j'allais manger pour..."?

Merci d'avance.

This relates to:
Conjugate devoir in Le Conditionnel Présent = should (conditional mood) -

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 November 2018

3/11/18

Hi Bill

It should be :

"J'ai passé beaucoup de temps à décider ce que je mangerais pour le déjeuner aujourd'hui" if you want to use the conditional ...

Hope this helps!

Bill

Kwiziq community member

3 November 2018

3/11/18

Fantastique !  Merci.  

Bill

Kwiziq community member

3 November 2018

3/11/18

serait-il aussi correct de dire: j'ai passé beaucoup de temps à decider quoi j'aillais manger pour le déjeuner?

Bill

Kwiziq community member

3 November 2018

3/11/18

oops.. j'allais..

Bill

Kwiziq community member

3 November 2018

3/11/18

oops, décider... lol

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

4 November 2018

4/11/18

Hi Bill,

It would be also:

...ce que j'allais manger ...

Here is the lesson to explain 'ce que' -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/ce-que-what-which-relative-pronouns

Here are a few examples of where you might find 'quoi' used -

Quoi? Quest-ce-que tu as dit? What ? What did you say?

On y va ou quoi? = Are we going or not?

Il n'y a pas de quoi dont' mention it 

Hope this helps!

Bill

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2018

4/11/18

Merci.  Is there a lesson that lays out all the scenarios where quoi is appropriate?  it appears to be only appropriate in a very limited range of scenarios and typically at the end of the sentence.  Bonne journée ! 

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