Introduction to the verb coexister
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The English translation of the French verb coexister is “to coexist.” The infinitive form is pronounced as koh-egz-ee-stay.
The word coexister comes from the Latin word “coexistere” which means to exist together. In everyday French, it is often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is the conditional perfect tense. This tense is used to express a past event that was conditional on another event.
3 examples of the usage of coexister in the Conditionnel Passé tense are:
Si nous avions travaillé ensemble, nous aurions pu coexister pacifiquement. (If we had worked together, we could have coexisted peacefully.)
J’aurais aimé que mes deux chiens puissent coexister dans la même maison. (I wish my two dogs could have coexisted in the same house.)
Elle aurait dû faire des efforts pour coexister avec ses voisins. (She should have made efforts to coexist with her neighbors.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of coexister
||Si nous avions vécu à côté, je t’aurais coexisté.
||If we had lived next to each other, I would have coexisted with you.
||Tu aurais coexisté avec les animaux sauvages.
||You would have coexisted with wild animals.
||Il aurait coexisté avec les différentes cultures.
||He would have coexisted with different cultures.
||Elle aurait coexisté avec les autres espèces.
||She would have coexisted with other species.
||On aurait coexisté avec les différentes religions.
||One would have coexisted with different religions.
||Nous aurions coexisté pacifiquement.
||We would have coexisted peacefully.
||Vous auriez coexisté avec vos voisins.
||You would have coexisted with your neighbors.
||Ils auraient coexisté avec les autres groupes.
||They would have coexisted with other groups.
||Elles auraient coexisté avec les différentes cultures.
||They (female) would have coexisted with different cultures.
Other Conjugations for Coexister.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coexister
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Coexister – 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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