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Conjugate avoir in le Conditionnel Présent (conditional mood)

Le Conditionnel Présent for the irregular verb avoir looks like this:

 

J'aurais une grande maison si j'en avais les moyens.
I would have a big house if I could afford it.

 

Tu aurais du feu?
Would you have a light?

 

Elle aurait cinquante ans aujourd'hui.
She would be fifty now.

 

Nous aurions froid sans nos manteaux.
We would be cold without our coats.

 

Vous auriez de la monnaie?
Would you have some change?

 

Ils auraient de la chance si cela arrivait.
They would be lucky if that happened..

 
Notice that it uses the stem the irregular future form of avoir: aur- plus the endings of the Imparfait: -ais, -ais, -ait, -ions, -iez, -aient
 
 

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Vous auriez de la monnaie?
Would you have some change?


Elle aurait cinquante ans aujourd'hui.
She would be fifty now.



Tu aurais du feu?
Would you have a light?


Nous aurions froid sans nos manteaux.
We would be cold without our coats.


J'aurais une grande maison si j'en avais les moyens.
I would have a big house if I could afford it.


Ils auraient de la chance si cela arrivait.
They would be lucky if that happened..


Q&A

helen

Kwiziq community member

18 September 2017

1 reply

They would be lucky: "ils auraeints de la chance"

I saw the avoir verb used here: "ils auraeints de la chance." Why not use etre ("would be"): Ils seraient de la chance. Is it a rule that the avoir verb always used with luck versus the etre verb?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

19 September 2017

19/09/17

Bonsoir Helen,
This question continues to pop-up de temps en temps. While in English we say «he/she is lucky» using the French equivalent of «être»; however, if you want to say that someone is lucky, you must use the verb «avoir». This is one a several French idioms with the verb «avoir». So, here is the lesson about these idioms:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/3130
In fact, here is another link on this site with several more French idioms:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/glossary/117
In fact, in order to say that «they would be lucky» as in «they would be lucky playing the Lotto» one would state «ils auraient de la chance de jouer au Loto».

J'espère que ma réponse vous aidera.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisé par le monde depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet



Martin

Kwiziq community member

7 July 2017

3 replies

Use of "en"

I don't really understand why "en" is used in this example, even after having reviewed the lesson you mention. Where does "de" come into it? "If I had a house", for example, would be "Si j'avais une maison" - not "Si j'en avais une maison, surely? In this case, the use of "en" seems to be rather random!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Bonjour Martin !

Could you please send me the sentence you're referring to?
I'd be happy to assist :)

À bientôt !

Martin

Kwiziq community member

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Merci Aurélie. The sentence is : "J'aurais une grande maison si j'en avais les moyens." I understand the use of "en" where "de..." occurs before, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.
Cordialement - Martin

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 July 2017

14/07/17

Bonjour Martin !

Here it's because the full expression would be "avoir les moyens de [faire quelque chose]" = to have the means to [do something].

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Doraida

Kwiziq community member

23 September 2016

1 reply

J'aurais une grande maison si j'en avais les moyens. In this sentence which is the meaning of "en"

if it is "some" I think I need "a lot"

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

24 September 2016

24/09/16

Bonjour Doraida,

If you didn't use en, the sentence would be something like "J'aurais une grande maison si j'avais les moyens d'avoir une grande maison."

En replaces de and everything after it. Here's a lesson you might find useful: https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/713

Sarah

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2016

1 reply

adjectives before a noun or after noun

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

21 January 2016

21/01/16

Bonjour Sarah,

It depends on the adjective. Please take a look at this lesson and the other lessons linked on the bottom:

https://www.french-test.com/my-languages/french/view/118

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