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Conditional Sentences

Conditional Sentences - • Si tu me téléphones je te...

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Conditional Sentences A conditional sentence is made up of a  si  clause (also known as a condition clause) and a result, or  main, clause. Only four tenses of the indicative mood (the mood that states a fact) may normally be  used in French in the  si  clause: the present, the  pass é  compos é ,  the imperfect, and the  plus-que- parfait.  The tense used in the main clause is the same in both French and English. In a conditional  sentence,  si  generally means “if.”  Real conditions A condition that describes what is possible or likely in the present or past is called a “real” condition: 
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Unformatted text preview: • Si tu me téléphones, je te parlerai. (If you call me, I will speak to you.) The sequence of tenses for a real condition is shown in Table 1 . TABLE 1 Sequence of Tenses for Real Conditions The Condition The Tense in the Si Clause The Tense/Mood in the Main Clause A real possibility in the present or future Present Present Future (perfect) Imperative (command) A real possibility in the past Passé composé The same tense as one would use in English...
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