If I were to... I would...

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If I were to... I would...

Hello, I was wondering if for sentences like "if she were to..., she would...," we use the tense imparfait and conditionnel présent? I also saw sentences that use the verb devoir "si elle devait faire cela..." in these kinds of sentences. Is that correct? 

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ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hypothetical clauses work pretty much the same in English and French. You need to break them down in to 2 parts: the if-part (subordinate clause) and the main part (main clause). Just as in English, the conditional (if there is one) never goes into the if-part.

There are three stages of likelihood, each associated with the proper tense in each part:

If your are nice, I (will) come with you. -- Si tu es gentil, je t'accompagne (accompagnerai).
If you were nice, I would come with you. -- Si tu étais gentil, je t'accompagnerais.
If you had been nice, I would have come with you. -- Si tu avais été gentil, je t'aurais accompagné.

The verb devoir is no exception.


If I were to... I would...

Hello, I was wondering if for sentences like "if she were to..., she would...," we use the tense imparfait and conditionnel présent? I also saw sentences that use the verb devoir "si elle devait faire cela..." in these kinds of sentences. Is that correct? 

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