Introduction to the verb bredouiller
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The English translation of the French verb bredouiller is “to stammer” or “to mumble.” It is pronounced “breh-doo-yay.”
The word bredouiller comes from the Old French word “bredouil” meaning “stutter” or “mumble.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical or future action that is dependent on a condition. In this tense, bredouiller would mean “would have stammered” or “would have mumbled.”
- Si j’avais vu cette personne, j’aurais bredouillé de peur. (If I had seen that person, I would have stammered in fear.)
- Il m’aurait bredouillé une excuse pour ne pas venir. (He would have mumbled an excuse for not coming.)
- Si je t’avais appelé, tu aurais bredouillé ton numéro de téléphone. (If I had called you, you would have mumbled your phone number.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of bredouiller
||Si j’avais été nerveux, j’aurais bredouillé.
||If I had been nervous, I would have mumbled.
||Tu aurais bredouillé devant les caméras.
||You would have stumbled in front of the cameras.
||Il aurait bredouillé pendant sa présentation.
||He would have stammered during his presentation.
||Elle aurait bredouillé de peur.
||She would have stuttered in fear.
||On aurait bredouillé des excuses.
||One would have muttered excuses.
||Nous aurions bredouillé à voix basse.
||We would have murmured quietly.
||Vous auriez bredouillé quelques mots.
||You would have mumbled a few words.
||Ils auraient bredouillé leurs réponses.
||They would have mumbled their answers.
||Elles auraient bredouillé devant leur professeur.
||They (female) would have mumbled in front of their teacher.
Other Conjugations for Bredouiller.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
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Bredouiller – 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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