Uses of the conditional

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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 fr é quemment  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  pass é  compos é  to express “would” in the sense of “to  be willing”: 
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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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