Uses of the conditional

Uses of the conditional - be willing: Sous ces conditions,...

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Uses of the conditional Note the following about when and when not to use the conditional in French:  Be careful to distinguish between “would” as used in the conditional and “would” as  used in the imperfect to express “used to”: J'irais à Paris.  (I would go to Paris.)  J'allais fréquemment à Paris . (I would [used to] go to Paris frequently.)  Be careful to distinguish between “would” as used to form the conditional and the  verb  vouloir  in the imperfect or in the  passé composé  to express “would” in the sense of “to 
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Unformatted text preview: be willing: Sous ces conditions, il signerait le contrat. (Under those conditions, he would sign the contract.) Il ne voulait pas signer le contrat or Il n'a pas voulu signer le contrat. (He wouldn't [wasn't willing to] sign the contract.) The conditional of the verb pouvoir (to be able to) is used when could means should be able to: Il pourrait gagner. (He could [should be able to] win.) Il ne pouvait pas gagner or Il n'a pas pu gagner. (He couldn't [wasn't able] to win.)...
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