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Conjugate verbs (+ être) in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional)

Look at these examples of aller in the Conditionnel Passé:

Je serais allé en Australie si j'avais eu les moyens.
I would have gone to Australia if I could have afforded it.

Tu y serais allée toi-même?
Would you have gone (there) yourself?

Serait-elle déjà partie?
Would she have left already?

Nous serions arrivés plus tôt s'il n'y avait pas eu d'embouteillage.
We would have arrived earlier if there hadn't been a traffic jam.

Seriez-vous partis si je vous l'avais demandé?
Would you have left if I had asked you?

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.

Notice that être is used - not avoir.

Just as with the Passé Composé, some verbs (mostly movement verbs) conjugate with être in the Conditionnel Passé:

je serais, tu serais, il serait, nous serions, vous seriez, ils seraient (Conditionnel) + allé (or other past participle)

Note also that the past participle allé changes if the person doing the action is feminine (allée) or masculine, and singular or plural (allés/allées).


See other lessons on Le Conditionnel Passé:
Conjugate regular -er, -ir, -dre verbs (+ avoir) in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional)
Conjugate verbs with irregular past participles in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional)
Conjugate devoir in Le Conditionnel Passé = should have (past conditional)
Conjugate pouvoir in Le Conditionnel Passé = could have (past conditional)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Tu y serais allée toi-même?
Would you have gone (there) yourself?


Elle serait allée les voir si elle avait eu le temps.
She would have gone to see them if she had had the time.


Serait-elle déjà partie?
Would she have left already?


Nous serions arrivés plus tôt s'il n'y avait pas eu d'embouteillage.
We would have arrived earlier if there hadn't been a traffic jam.


Seriez-vous partis si je vous l'avais demandé?
Would you have left if I had asked you?


Selon Tom, elles seraient rentrées chez elles vers 3 heures.
According to Tom, they would have come home around 3.


Apparemment, ils seraient partis ce matin.
Apparently, they would have left this morning.


Je serais allé en Australie si j'avais eu les moyens.
I would have gone to Australia if I could have afforded it.


aller



partir



sortir



Q&A

Vanessa

Kwiziq community member

6 February 2017

1 reply

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"?

Jim

Kwiziq community member

9 February 2017

9/02/17

These various sentences require a condition to be met whether implied or not.
If we write "Will have, etc." there is no condition to be met, there is a sense of certainty.
Perhaps there appears to be similarity but the point to bear in mind is the mood implied --
certainty or conditional.
Hope that helps.
Alan

Jeremy,

Kwiziq community member

4 December 2016

1 reply

Is there a lesson on "avoir" in past conditional?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

5 December 2016

5/12/16

Bonjour Jeremy !

Yes, we have a combined lesson for verbs with irregular past participles in Le Conditionnel Passé:
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-verbs-with-irregular-past-participles-in-conditionnel-passe-past-conditional

Thanks to your message, we added links to related lessons to these lessons :)
Merci et à bientôt !
Let me take a look at that...