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9 April 2019
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)"
10 April 2019
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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