Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender

Introduction to the verb amender

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The English translation of the French verb amender is “to amend.” It is pronounced “ah-MAHN-deh.”

The word amender comes from the Latin word “emendare,” meaning “to correct” or “to improve.” It entered the French language during the Middle Ages and has been used consistently since then.

In everyday French, the Conditionnel Passé tense is used to express a hypothetical or unreal action in the past, often accompanied by the conditional word “would.” The amender is most often used in this tense to express a past action that could have been different or improved upon.

Three simple examples of amender in the Conditionnel Passé tense are:

  1. Si j’avais su, j’aurais amendé mes erreurs. (If I had known, I would have corrected my mistakes.)
  2. Nous aurions pu amender notre relation s’il n’y avait pas eu de conflits. (We could have improved our relationship if there had been no conflicts.)
  3. Tu aurais dû amender ton attitude envers ton patron. (You should have changed your attitude towards your boss.)

Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of amender

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je aurais amendé Si j’étais plus riche, je t’aurais amendé. If I were richer, I would have improved you.
tu aurais amendé Tu aurais amendé ton rapport. You would have revised your report.
il aurait amendé Il aurait amendé la loi. He would have amended the law.
elle aurait amendé Elle aurait amendé ses erreurs. She would have corrected her mistakes.
on aurait amendé On aurait amendé la situation. One would have improved the situation.
nous aurions amendé Nous aurions amendé notre système. We would have amended our system.
vous auriez amendé Vous auriez amendé le contrat. You would have amended the contract.
ils auraient amendé Ils auraient amendé leur méthode. They would have improved their method.
elles auraient amendé Elles auraient amendé leur comportement. They (female) would have improved their behavior.

Other Conjugations for Amender.

    

    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender

    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender
     

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender  (this article)

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amender


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Amender – 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.

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Formation

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

Conditional Present

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.) 

Conditional Future

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.)

Summary

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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