The conditional is not a tense because it does not refer to a time period

The conditional is not a tense because it does not refer to a time period

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The  conditional  is not a tense because it does not refer to a time period. Instead, the conditional is  a mood that expresses what a subject would do under certain circumstances.  Use the conditional in the following situations: To express what would happen under certain conditions:  Si j'avais le temps je  voyagerais . (If I had the time, I would travel.)  When “could” has the sense of “should be able to,” in which case you use the 
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Unformatted text preview: conditional of pouvoir : Il pourrait faire ceci . (He could [should be able to] do this.) To politely make a request or a demand: Je voudrais l'acheter . (I would like to buy it.) The conditional uses the same stem as the future tense, but you then add the conditional endings, which are exactly the same as the imperfect endings...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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