Vais choisir vs. choisirais

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Vais choisir vs. choisirais

Is “je vais choisir” absolutely incorrect, or is it just not as formal as “je choisirais”?To my eye, it’s “I’m gonna/going-to say” as oppose to “I would say” - the former being a more casual expression, the latter being more grammatically correct (and/or “more elegant” as some of the pros on here are fond of saying.)
Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi J, 

In the paragraph, it says 

'Si je devais associer un mot ....... je vais choisir ....'

Grammatically speaking it should be 'choisirais' ( conditional) because of the 'si + imperfect' .

The speaker is a learner and makes the mistake so it has been corrected in brackets...

For more information on si clauses take a look at the following Kwiziq lesson - 

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/l-imparfait-usage-in-hypothetical-clauses-introduced-by-si-if-followed-by-le-conditionnel-present

Hope this helps!

JB2Kwiziq community member

It does help, thank you!

Vais choisir vs. choisirais

Is “je vais choisir” absolutely incorrect, or is it just not as formal as “je choisirais”?To my eye, it’s “I’m gonna/going-to say” as oppose to “I would say” - the former being a more casual expression, the latter being more grammatically correct (and/or “more elegant” as some of the pros on here are fond of saying.)

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