Conjugate devoir in Le Conditionnel Passé = should have (past conditional)

Look at these examples of devoir in the Conditionnel passé:

 
J'aurais dû manger plus tôt.I should have eaten earlier.
 
Tu aurais dû fermer la porte à clé.You should have locked the door.
 
Elle aurait dû freiner plus tôt.She should have braked earlier.
 
Nous n'aurions pas l'écouter.We shouldn't have listened to him.
 
Vous auriez dû la prévenir.You should have warned her.
 
Ils auraient dû prendre le bus à la place.They should have taken the bus instead.
 
Conjugating devoir in Le Conditionnel Passé is easy:
 
Conditionnel of avoir  +  dû  (past participle of devoir+ infinitive
 
 
Notice the difference between the English and French
  • in English you use the past participle form of the verb (locked, listened, eaten)
  • in French we use the Conditionnel passé of devoir + the verb infinitive (fermer, écouter, manger)
 
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J'aurais dû manger plus tôt.I should have eaten earlier.
Nous n'aurions pas l'écouter.We shouldn't have listened to him.
Ils auraient dû prendre le bus à la place.They should have taken the bus instead.
Tu aurais dû fermer la porte à clé.You should have locked the door.
Vous auriez dû la prévenir.You should have warned her.
Elle aurait dû freiner plus tôt.She should have braked earlier.
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