Why isn't "si" phrase in conditional like example "conditionnel after si, impaarfait in other phrase? Deborah

DeborahC1Kwiziq community member

Why isn't "si" phrase in conditional like example "conditionnel after si, impaarfait in other phrase? Deborah

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Deborah, 

If I have understood your question correctly it is the same as in English-

If I did this , I would do that ....

Hope this helps!

JamesonB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi,

I think Deborah is asking why the 2ND clause  is NOT in the conditional tense in the sentence which uses the verb savoir. It threw me at first also.

The key to the lesson though  is that  "imperfait" is used in the SI clause of the sentence and "conditionnel" is used in the 'would/could' dependent clause of the sentence, regardless of the ORDER of the clauses.  Often the 'SI' clause comes first BUT not ALWAYS.

Why isn't "si" phrase in conditional like example "conditionnel after si, impaarfait in other phrase? Deborah

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