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Sequence of Tenses It is very difficult to get French grammar right if you 'think in English' while writing in French. Translating literally is a dangerous thing to do, and this section will help you to avoid making that mistake. You will find a list of grammatical French structures, with examples, that differ drastically from the ones you use in English. To improve your writing techniques you will have to have a good grasp of all of them. Sequences of Tenses with 'if' Present + future in English = (Present) + (Future) in French, e.g., If I have time, I will go out = Si j'ai le temps, je sortirai. Past + conditional in English = (Imparfait) + (Conditionnel) in French, e.g., If I had time, I would go out = Si j'avais le temps, je sortirais. Pluperfect + past conditional in English = (plus-que-parfait) + (Conditionnel passé) in French, e.g., If I'd had the time, I would have gone out = Si j'avais eu le temps, je serais sorti. Sequences of Tenses in the Future When (quand) + present + future in English = (Futur) + (Futur) in French, e.g., When I have the money, I will travel = Quand j'aurai de l'argent, je voyagerai.
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