Elles auraient eu un chien si elles avaient pu. Why is it "elles avaient pu " and not " elles auraient pu " Is this not a 'Past conditional "

Lee

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9 April 2019

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Elles auraient eu un chien si elles avaient pu. Why is it "elles avaient pu " and not " elles auraient pu " Is this not a 'Past conditional "

 Is this phrase  not a   'Past conditional " structure?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate verbs with irregular past participles in Le Conditionnel Passé (past conditional)"

Chris

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10 April 2019

10/04/19

In a standard "si"-clause, the conditional is in the main clause of the sentence.

The three versions of the conditional clause are:

If I am rich, I'll buy a car. -- Si je suis riche, j'achèterai une voiture. Si clause: present tense -- main clause: future tense (or present tense)

If I were rich, I would by a car. -- Si j'étais riche, j'acheterais une voiture.Si clause: imparfait -- main clause: present conditional

If I had been rich, I would have bought a car. -- Si j'avais été riche, j'aurais acheté une voiture.Si clause: plusqueparfait -- main clause: past conditional

If you look at the English versions, they actually follow the French!

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