Introduction to the verb brancher
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The English translation of the French verb brancher is “to plug in” or “to connect.” It is pronounced as “brahn-shay.”
The word brancher comes from the French word branche, meaning “branch” or “twig.” In everyday French, brancher is often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a future action that is conditional on another past action.
Here are three examples of its usage in this tense, with their English translations:
1) Si j’avais eu le bon câble, j’aurais branché mon ordinateur à la télévision. (If I had the right cable, I would have plugged my computer into the TV.)
2) Elle aurait branché son téléphone pour le charger, mais elle l’a oublié à la maison. (She would have connected her phone to charge it, but she forgot it at home.)
3) Nous aurions dû brancher le four avant de partir, maintenant il faudra attendre qu’il préchauffe. (We should have plugged in the oven before leaving, now we have to wait for it to preheat.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of brancher
||Si j’avais su, je l’aurais branché.
||If I had known, I would have plugged it in.
||Tu aurais branché le câble.
||You would have plugged in the cable.
||Il aurait branché la télévision.
||He would have connected the television.
||Elle aurait branché le téléphone.
||She would have plugged in the phone.
||On aurait branché l’ordinateur.
||One would have connected the computer.
||Nous aurions branché la console.
||We would have plugged in the console.
||Vous auriez branché l’imprimante.
||You would have connected the printer.
||Ils auraient branché les haut-parleurs.
||They would have plugged in the speakers.
||Elles auraient branché la lampe.
||They (female) would have plugged in the lamp.
Other Conjugations for Brancher.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brancher
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Brancher – 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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