Introduction to the verb aérer
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The English translation of the French verb aérer is “to air out” or “to ventilate.” The infinitive form of aérer is pronounced “eh-ray.”
The verb aérer comes from the Latin word “aerare,” which means “to aerate” or “to expose to air.” It is most often used in everyday French to describe the act of letting fresh air circulate in a space, such as opening windows or doors to let in fresh air.
In the Conditionnel Passé tense, aérer is used to express a hypothetical action that would have been completed in the past. Here are three simple examples of its usage:
- Si j’avais aéré la pièce, il n’y aurait pas eu cette odeur. (If I had aired out the room, there wouldn’t have been this smell.)
- Nous aurions dû aérer la maison avant l’arrivée des invités. (We should have aired out the house before the arrival of the guests.)
- Tu aurais mieux fait d’aérer les draps avant de les ranger. (You should have aired out the sheets before putting them away.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of aérer
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais aéré.
|I would have aired you.
|Tu aurais aéré la pièce.
|You would have aired the room.
|Il aurait aéré le jardin.
|He would have aerated the garden.
|Elle aurait aéré ses vêtements.
|She would have aired her clothes.
|On aurait aéré la maison.
|One would have aired the house.
|Nous aurions aéré la pièce.
|We would have aired the room.
|Vous auriez aéré la cuisine.
|You would have aired the kitchen.
|Ils auraient aéré la salle de bain.
|They would have aired the bathroom.
|Elles auraient aéré le jardin.
|They (female) would have aerated the garden.
Other Conjugations for Aérer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb aérer
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Aérer – About the French Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense
The French “Conditionnel Passé” is a compound tense used to express hypothetical or unreal actions in the past. It is formed by combining the conditional of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” and the past participle of the main verb.
Start with the conditional of the auxiliary verb: For most verbs, use “aurais” (for “avoir”) or “serais” (for “être”) as the conditional form.
With “avoir”: j’aurais, tu aurais, il/elle/on aurait, nous aurions, vous auriez, ils/elles auraient.
With “être”: je serais, tu serais, il/elle/on serait, nous serions, vous seriez, ils/elles seraient.
Add the past participle of the main verb to this conditional form.
For example, if you want to say “I would have done,” you would use “j’aurais fait.” If you want to say “She would have gone,” you would use “elle serait allée.”
Common Everyday Usage Patterns
Expressing Unreal Past Scenarios
The Conditionnel Passé is often used to talk about actions that did not happen in the past, but you are speculating about what would have occurred if they had. It’s a way to discuss hypothetical situations in the past.
Si j’avais su, je t’aurais aidé. (If I had known, I would have helped you.)
Il serait venu s’il avait eu le temps. (He would have come if he had had the time.)
Polite Requests or Suggestions
It can be used to make polite requests or suggestions in the past.
Pourriez-vous m’aider, s’il vous plaît ? (Could you have helped me, please?)
Expressing Doubt or Uncertainty
It can convey doubt or uncertainty regarding past events.
Il aurait peut-être oublié notre rendez-vous. (He might have forgotten our appointment.)
Interactions with Other Tenses
You can use the Conditionnel Passé in combination with the conditional present to describe past actions that were hypothetical at the time they were spoken about. J’aurais aimé que tu m’appelles hier. (I would have liked you to call me yesterday.)
Indicative Past Tenses
You might use the Conditionnel Passé alongside indicative past tenses like the passé composé to contrast hypothetical and real past events. Il est venu hier, mais s’il avait pu, il serait venu la semaine dernière. (He came yesterday, but if he could have, he would have come last week.)
In some cases, you can use the Conditionnel Passé in combination with the conditional future to discuss unreal past events that could have consequences in the future. Si j’avais réussi mon examen, j’aurais un meilleur travail. (If I had passed my exam, I would have a better job.)
In summary, the Conditionnel Passé is used to express hypothetical or unreal actions in the past. It is often used in conjunction with other tenses to convey various nuances in French, allowing speakers to discuss imaginary past scenarios, make polite requests, or express doubt about past events.
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