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Teaching French Conditionnel with Easy Tests

written by: Audrey Alleyne • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 8/2/2012

Use these easy French conditionnel tests in your French classes. Students will enjoy doing them. Grade and analyze the tests to help with any problems the students may encounter.

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    Overview on Tests

    These French conditionnel tests involve the use of the si clause and a result or main clause. The tests include use of the present, and the passé compose or imperfect in the si clause, and the conditionnel passé in the main clause. Only one test is given in the Present Tense. This emphasizes that it is more the imperfect that is used in the conditionnel.

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    Use of the Présent in the Si Clause

    Example: Tu viendrais si je t’invite

    You would come if I invite you

    1. Je l’________, si je l’________ (acheter, aimer)

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    Use of the Passé Composé in the Si Clause

    Complete the following sentences by inserting the correct form of the verb in brackets:

    Example: Si elle était ici, écouterait-elle la leçon ? (être, écouter)

    If she was here, would she listen to the lesson?

    1. Si elle ______, _____-elle la robe jaune ? (sortir, porter)
    2. Si vous _______le temps, ________vous au football ? (avoir, jouer)
    3. S’il ____ici, _______-il quelque chose ? (être, manger)
    4. S’il _____ici, je _____soin de lui. (être, prendre)
    5. S’il _______de l’argent, il­­­­_______à Paris. (avoir, aller)

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    Use of the Conditionnel Passé in the Main Clause

    Example :

    Affirmation : Je l’aurais mangé, mais je ne l'ai pas aimé.

    I would have eaten it, but I did not like it.

    Negation: Je n’aurais plus lu le livre, parce que j’étais fatigué.

    I wouldn’t have read the book anymore, because I was tired



    1. Elles _______ venues, mais leur avion _____en retard (être, être)
    2. Jean se ________déjà habillé, mais il s’_____réveillé tard. (être, être)
    3. Nous l’________ saluée, mais nous ne l’_____pas vu. (avoir, avoir)


    1. Il n’______jamais acheté ces chaussures s'il _____su. (avoir, avoir)
    2. Ne ______-il venu sans sa femme ? (être)
    3. N’____-vous pas vu le voleur ?
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    Aimer, Vouloir and Pouvoir

    1. Est-ce que tu_____m’aider? (pouvoir)

    2. J’_____­­­­­­beaucoup voyager. (aimer)

    3. Je ______ vous parler. (vouloir)

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    These French conditionnel tests serve to test students in the use of the correct forms of verb conjugation in the conditional tense. They also serve the purpose as to whether the student will detect the use of the reflexive in some sentences, and also where verbs are separated from pronouns by a hyphen. Award students 1 point each for the sentences with two verbs, and 1 point for the sentences with one verb. Students should have a total of 25 points if all their answers are correct.

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    French and English Conditional: Similarities and Differences

    Students will realize that the French conditionnel mood is quite similar to the English conditional mood. Both these moods describe events which could take place but are not guaranteed. If the events do take place, they are dependent upon certain conditions. The si clause in the French introduces these conditions. The difference between the English and the French is that the English use is simpler with the use of the word "would," while the French conditional or French conditionnel has a full set of conjugations.

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    Key To Test:

    Present Tense: aimerais, aime

    Passé Composé: sortait, porterai

    aviez, joueriez

    était, mangerait

    était, prendrais

    avait, irait

    Conditionnel Passé : seraient, était

    serait, est

    aurons, avons

    aurait, avait



    aimer, Vouloir, Pouvoir : pourrais