Could be clearer?

David

Kwiziq community member

30 June 2018

3 replies

Could be clearer?

The lesson doesn't highlight the point that you can swap clauses around - so e.g. start with conditional, then go to imperfect or v.v.  Whichever way though, what changes is the position of 'si' and hence if you are using the imperfect as first or second verb.

This relates to:
Using L'Imparfait in hypothetical clauses introduced by si (if) + Le Conditionnel Présent -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2018

1/07/18

The Si-clause always uses the imperfect whereas the conditional is used only in the main clause. If you switch the order of clauses, naturally, the verb forms switch places too, so that the imperfect remakns with the Si-clause and the conditional with the main clause.


-- Chris.

David

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2018

1/07/18

Hi - tks. I think I got that - my point was that hadn't been made clear in the lesson.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2018

2/07/18

Hi David, I see what you mean. There is only one example which has the si-clause come second. Maybe a couple more examples and a sentence alerting the reader to this fact would help.


-- Chris.

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