Introduction to the verb brader
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The English translation of the French verb brader is “to sell at a low price” or “to give away.”
The infinitive form of brader is pronounced “brah-day.”
Brader comes from the Old French word “brai,” meaning “to sell,” and the suffix “-er,” which is used to form verbs. It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which indicates a past action that is conditional on another action. This tense is often used to express regret or hypothetical situations.
Examples of brader in the Conditionnel Passé tense are:
Si j’avais été plus patient, j’aurais pu brader ma voiture à un meilleur prix.
Translation: If I had been more patient, I could have sold my car at a better price.
Ils auraient dû brader leurs produits pendant les soldes.
Translation: They should have sold their products at a discount during the sales.
Nous aurions bradé notre maison si nous n’avions pas trouvé un acheteur rapidement.
Translation: We would have sold our house at a low price if we hadn’t found a buyer quickly.
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of brader
||Je l’aurais bradé pour toi.
||I would have sold it for you.
||Tu aurais bradé ce bijou.
||You would have sold this jewel.
||Il aurait bradé sa voiture.
||He would have sold his car.
||Elle aurait bradé son sac.
||She would have sold her bag.
||On aurait bradé tout ça.
||One would have sold all of that.
||Nous aurions bradé nos affaires.
||We would have sold our belongings.
||Vous auriez bradé l’immeuble.
||You would have sold the building.
||Ils auraient bradé ces antiquités.
||They would have sold these antiques.
||Elles auraient bradé leurs vêtements.
||They (female) would have sold their clothes.
Other Conjugations for Brader.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
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Brader – 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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