Introduction to the verb canaliser
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The English translation of the French verb canaliser is “to channel” or “to direct”. It is pronounced as “kah-nah-lee-zay” in its infinitive form.
Canaliser comes from the Latin word “canalis” meaning “channel” or “pipe”. Its use in French dates back to the 14th century. In everyday French, canaliser is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which corresponds to the conditional perfect tense in English. This tense is used to express a past action that would have taken place if a certain condition had been fulfilled.
Here are three simple examples of how canaliser is used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, with their respective English translations:
- Si j’avais suivi ses conseils, j’aurais pu canaliser ma colère. (If I had followed his advice, I could have channeled my anger.)
- Nous aurions dû canaliser nos dépenses pour économiser de l’argent. (We should have channeled our expenses to save money.)
- Elle aurait aimé canaliser ses talents vers une carrière artistique. (She would have liked to channel her talents towards an artistic career.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of canaliser
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais canalisé.
|I would have channeled you.
|Tu aurais canalisé tes émotions.
|You would have channeled your emotions.
|Il aurait canalisé son énergie.
|He would have channeled his energy.
|Elle aurait canalisé ses pensées.
|She would have channeled her thoughts.
|On aurait canalisé notre créativité.
|One would have channeled our creativity.
|Nous aurions canalisé notre temps.
|We would have channeled our time.
|Vous auriez canalisé vos ressources.
|You would have channeled your resources.
|Ils auraient canalisé leur colère.
|They would have channeled their anger.
|Elles auraient canalisé leur énergie.
|They (female) would have channeled their energy.
Other Conjugations for Canaliser.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canaliser
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Canaliser – 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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