Conjugate verbs (+ être) in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional)

Look at these examples of aller in the Conditionnel Passé:

Je serais allé en Australie si j'avais eu les moyens.
I would have gone to Australia if I could have afforded it.

Tu y serais allée toi-même?
Would you have gone (there) yourself?

Serait-elle déjà partie?
Would she have left already?

Nous serions arrivés plus tôt s'il n'y avait pas eu d'embouteillage.
We would have arrived earlier if there hadn't been a traffic jam.

Seriez-vous partis si je vous l'avais demandé?
Would you have left if I had asked you?

Apparemment, ils seraient partis ce matin.
Apparently, they would have left this morning.

Selon Tom, elles seraient rentrées chez elles vers 3h.
According to Tom, they apparently went home (lit.would have come home) around 3.

Notice that être is used - not avoir.

Just as with the Passé Composé, some verbs (mostly movement verbs) conjugate with être in the Conditionnel Passé:

je serais, tu serais, il serait, nous serions, vous seriez, ils seraient (Conditionnel) + allé (or other past participle)

Note also that the past participle allé changes if the person doing the action is feminine (allée) or masculine, and singular or plural (allés/allées).


See other lessons on Le Conditionnel Passé:
Conjugate regular -er, -ir, -dre verbs (+ avoir) in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional)
Conjugate verbs with irregular past participles in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional)
Conjugate devoir in Le Conditionnel Passé = should have (past conditional)
Conjugate pouvoir in Le Conditionnel Passé = could have (past conditional)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Serait-elle déjà partie?
Would she have left already?


Nous serions arrivés plus tôt s'il n'y avait pas eu d'embouteillage.
We would have arrived earlier if there hadn't been a traffic jam.


Seriez-vous partis si je vous l'avais demandé?
Would you have left if I had asked you?


Je serais allé en Australie si j'avais eu les moyens.
I would have gone to Australia if I could have afforded it.


Apparemment, ils seraient partis ce matin.
Apparently, they would have left this morning.


Selon Tom, elles seraient rentrées chez elles vers 3h.
According to Tom, they apparently went home (lit.would have come home) around 3.


Tu y serais allée toi-même?
Would you have gone (there) yourself?


Elle serait allée les voir si elle avait eu le temps.
She would have gone to see them if she had had the time.


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Q&A Forum 4 questions, 5 answers

RobC1

Le Conditionnel Passé

The lesson contains no statement on how le conditional passé is formed, leaving the student to infer the rule from examples alone. I don't find that a great way to learn. Looking at some of the Q&A on this lesson from others it seems I'm not alone.

Asked 1 month ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

Le Conditionnel Passé

The lesson contains no statement on how le conditional passé is formed, leaving the student to infer the rule from examples alone. I don't find that a great way to learn. Looking at some of the Q&A on this lesson from others it seems I'm not alone.

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MayB1

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Do these sentences only use être because they are using DRMRSVANDERTRAMP verbs?

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi May,

Yes,  that is one way they are taught at school to remember which verbs take 'être' (rather than 'avoir') when conjugating certain tenses...

And if it works for you, carry on using it ....

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Do these sentences only use être because they are using DRMRSVANDERTRAMP verbs?

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Hi. I am confused about some of the sentences in this lesson

Some sentences seem very similar to "will have" (futur antérrior) and I can't tell the difference. For example: Apparemment, ils seraient partis ce matin. Apparently, they would have left this morning. Selon Tom, elles seraient rentrées chez elles vers 3 heures. According to Tom, they would have come home around 3. Why would you not say"According to Tom, they will have come home around 3" or "Apparently they will have left this morning"?
Asked 2 years ago
JimC1
These various sentences require a condition to be met whether implied or not. If we write "Will have, etc." there is no condition to be met, there is a sense of certainty. Perhaps there appears to be similarity but the point to bear in mind is the mood implied -- certainty or conditional. Hope that helps. Alan

Adding to what Jim said:

The futur anterieur uses the future of the auxiliary and is a sort of a "future perfect" - ie. will have left/gone/eaten. - so Ils seront partis ce matin là, or elles seront rentrées chez elles, or je serai arrivé...

The conditionnel passé refers to something in the past which might or might not have occurred - ie. would have left/gone/eaten.

Hi. I am confused about some of the sentences in this lesson

Some sentences seem very similar to "will have" (futur antérrior) and I can't tell the difference. For example: Apparemment, ils seraient partis ce matin. Apparently, they would have left this morning. Selon Tom, elles seraient rentrées chez elles vers 3 heures. According to Tom, they would have come home around 3. Why would you not say"According to Tom, they will have come home around 3" or "Apparently they will have left this morning"?

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Is there a lesson on "avoir" in past conditional?

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Jeremy ! Yes, we have a combined lesson for verbs with irregular past participles in Le Conditionnel Passé: Conjugate verbs with irregular past participles in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional) Thanks to your message, we added links to related lessons to these lessons :) Merci et à bientôt !

Is there a lesson on "avoir" in past conditional?

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