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Kwiziq community member
24 January 2018
So if we use the conditionnel passé to translate 'should have' how do we use devoir in the imparfait?
This question relates to:French lesson "Conjugate devoir in Le Conditionnel Passé = should have (past conditional)"
Kwiziq language super star
25 July 2018
The other day I found myself trying to say (verbally), by starting off 'Je devrais..', e.g. "I should do..", and stalling, having wanted to turn it into "I should have done" - I was probably doing along the lines of what the 6 May 2018 poster was thinking ('I must have had to..' rather than 'I would have had..').I think this lesson and your above response explains it.
To get the stupid question out of the way, there's no way 'Je devrais avoir eu' makes any sense, is there? (I'm guessing I was trying to construct the conditional past by combining conditional present and pluperfect).
Bonjour Tom !
This is definitely not the colloquial way to express Le Conditionnel Passé in French :)
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