Introduction to the verb braquer
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The English translation of the French verb braquer is “to aim” or “to point.” The infinitive form is pronounced “brah-keh.”
Braquer comes from the Old French word “brac,” meaning “arm” or “weapon.” It is most commonly used in everyday French to mean “to point a weapon” or “to aim at someone or something.”
In the Conditionnel Passé tense, braquer is used to express a hypothetical or conditional action that would have taken place in the past. Some examples of its usage are:
Si j’avais su qu’il était armé, je l’aurais braqué. (If I had known he was armed, I would have aimed at him.)
Elle aurait braqué le pistolet sur moi si je ne lui avais pas donné l’argent. (She would have pointed the gun at me if I hadn’t given her the money.)
Nous aurions braqué le camion vers la banque pour le voler. (We would have directed the truck towards the bank to rob it.)
If I had seen the target, I would have aimed more carefully.
She would have pointed the gun at the thief if he hadn’t run away.
They would have directed the spotlight towards the stage for the performance.
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of braquer
||Si j’avais l’occasion, je t’aurais braqué un baiser.
||If I had the opportunity, I would have kissed you.
||Tu aurais braqué la banque.
||You would have robbed the bank.
||Il aurait braqué un bijoutier.
||He would have robbed a jeweler.
||Elle aurait braqué sa voiture.
||She would have carjacked her car.
||On aurait braqué une station-service.
||One would have robbed a gas station.
||Nous aurions braqué le magasin.
||We would have robbed the store.
||Vous auriez braqué avec eux.
||You would have robbed with them.
||Ils auraient braqué un fourgon de police.
||They would have robbed a police van.
||Elles auraient braqué une banque.
||They (female) would have robbed a bank.
Other Conjugations for Braquer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braquer
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Braquer – 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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