Introduction to the verb braver
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The English translation of the French verb braver is “to brave” or “to challenge.” The infinitive form is pronounced “brah-vay.”
The origin of the word braver can be traced back to the Latin word “bravus,” meaning “courageous.” It entered the French language in the 16th century and has been used in its current form since the 17th century.
In everyday French, braver is often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical or unreal action in the past. It is formed by using the conditional form of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” followed by the past participle of braver.
Here are three simple examples of braver in the Conditionnel Passé tense:
Si j’avais eu plus de courage, j’aurais braver les interdits. (If I had had more courage, I would have challenged the rules.)
Elle aurait bravé tous les dangers pour sauver sa famille. (She would have braved all dangers to save her family.)
Ils seraient partis en expédition s’ils n’avaient pas braver les orages. (They would have gone on an expedition if they hadn’t braved the storms.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of braver
||Si j’étais plus courageux, je t’aurais bravé.
||If I were braver, I would have defied you.
||Tu aurais bravé le danger.
||You would have faced the danger.
||Il aurait bravé tous les obstacles.
||He would have braved all the obstacles.
||Elle aurait bravé les critiques.
||She would have defied the critics.
||On aurait bravé la tempête.
||One would have braved the storm.
||Nous aurions bravé nos peurs.
||We would have faced our fears.
||Vous auriez bravé le froid.
||You would have braved the cold.
||Ils auraient bravé l’adversité.
||They would have braved the adversity.
||Elles auraient bravé le jugement des autres.
||They (female) would have defied the judgment of others.
Other Conjugations for Braver.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb braver
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Braver – 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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