Introduction to the verb brigander
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The English translation of the French verb brigander is “to plot” or “to conspire.” It is pronounced “bree-gahn-deh.”
The word “brigander” comes from the Old French word “brigand,” which referred to a person who lived outside of the law and engaged in banditry or robbery. Over time, the word evolved to mean someone who plots or conspires against others.
In every day French, brigander is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical or past action that did not occur. It is often used in conversations about potential plans or schemes.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in the Conditionnel Passé tense:
Si tu n’avais pas brigandé contre moi, nous aurions peut-être été amis aujourd’hui. (If you hadn’t conspired against me, we might have been friends today.)
Il aurait réussi s’il n’avait pas été accusé de brigander contre son entreprise. (He would have succeeded if he hadn’t been accused of plotting against his company.)
Si nous avions su qu’ils briganderaient contre nous, nous aurions pris des mesures de sécurité. (If we had known they were going to plot against us, we would have taken security measures.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of brigander
|Si j’avais plus de temps, je t’aurais brigandé.
|If I had more time, I would have argued with you.
|Tu aurais brigandé avec tes amis.
|You would have squabbled with your friends.
|Il aurait brigandé pour le meilleur prix.
|He would have bargained for the best price.
|Elle aurait brigandé avec son patron.
|She would have haggled with her boss.
|On aurait brigandé pour des cadeaux.
|One would have negotiated for gifts.
|Nous aurions brigandé ensemble.
|We would have bargained together.
|Vous auriez brigandé contre les règles.
|You would have fought against the rules.
|Ils auraient brigandé pour de l’argent.
|They would have bickered for money.
|Elles auraient brigandé pour du pouvoir.
|They (female) would have schemed for power.
Other Conjugations for Brigander.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
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Brigander – 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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