Answered! Jump to accepted answer.
Kwiziq community member
2 November 2018
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.
maybe i should say "quoi j'allais manger pour..."?
This question relates to:French lesson "Conjugate devoir in Le Conditionnel Présent = should (conditional mood)"
Kwiziq language super star
3 November 2018
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!
4 November 2018
It would be also:
...ce que j'allais manger ...
Here is the lesson to explain 'ce que' -
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
5 November 2018
21 March 2019
An alternative construction question...
How about the below construction? Acceptable in spoken but perhaps not written French? Or, perhaps too creative?
"J'ai passé beaucoup de temps à décider ce que je mangerais pour le déjeuner aujourd'hui"
can I say:
"J'ai passé beaucoup de temps à décider quoi manger pour le déjeuner aujourd'hui"
Login to submit your answer
Don't have an account yet? Join today
Test your French to the CEFR standard
French listening practice
French reading practice
French speaking practice
French writing practice