Introduction to the verb briffer
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The English translation of the French verb briffer is “to brief.” It is pronounced “bree-fay.”
The word briffer comes from the Old French verb “briefier” which means to instruct or inform. It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is the conditional perfect tense in English. This tense is used to express actions that would have taken place in the past if certain conditions had been met.
Here are three simple examples of briffer used in the Conditionnel Passé tense with their English translations:
Si tu m’avais briffé avant l’entretien, j’aurais mieux réussi. (If you had briefed me before the interview, I would have done better.)
Il aurait fallu que tu briffes tout le personnel sur les nouvelles règles de sécurité. (You should have briefed all the staff on the new safety rules.)
Nous aurions été plus préparés si nous avions été briffés sur la situation. (We would have been more prepared if we had been briefed on the situation.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of briffer
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais briefé.
|I would have briefed you.
|Tu aurais briefé plus tôt.
|You would have briefed earlier.
|Il aurait briefé sur la situation.
|He would have briefed on the situation.
|Elle aurait briefé ses collègues.
|She would have briefed her colleagues.
|On aurait briefé sur le projet.
|One would have briefed on the project.
|Nous aurions briefé en détail.
|We would have briefed in detail.
|Vous auriez briefé avec eux.
|You would have briefed with them.
|Ils auraient briefé sur les réglementations.
|They would have briefed on the regulations.
|Elles auraient briefé sur le dossier.
|They (female) would have briefed on the case.
Other Conjugations for Briffer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briffer
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Briffer – 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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