How do you say this in French, please?: "she could have had"

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

11 June 2016

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How do you say this in French, please?: "she could have had"

could; should; would ! .. these compound constructions are a little difficult. What are the rules, if any, please?

gemma

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11 June 2016

11/06/16

I think it's "elle aurait pu avoir", this is the conditional past. It's tricky to form this tense when you're using pouvoir, devoir etc.

Here are some of my own examples, seeing these might help you understand the pattern:

J'aurais du(circumflex on the u) manger = I should have eaten
Il aurait pu voir = He could have seen
Ils auront vu = They would have seen

(sorry if this isn't correct)

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

11 June 2016

11/06/16

Thanks Gemma.

Jim

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13 June 2016

13/06/16

In the second example "They would have seen" I would write "Ils auraient vu"
If we write "Ils auront vu" we are expressing "They will have seen"
I agree with Gemma that the grammar is indeed tricky.

etienne

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16 June 2016

16/06/16

elle peut a eu

Jeanne

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17 June 2016

17/06/16

Elle aurait pu avoir

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