Introduction to the verb cofinancer
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The English translation of the French verb cofinancer is “to co-finance.” It is pronounced “ko-fin-ahn-say” in the infinitive form.
The word “cofinancer” comes from the French prefix “co-” meaning “together” and the verb “financer” meaning “to finance.” It is most often used in everyday French to describe the action of financing something together with someone else.
In the Conditionnel Passé tense, cofinancer is used to express a hypothetical action that would have been completed in the past if certain conditions had been met. Here are three simple examples of how it can be used in this tense, with their respective English translations:
- Si nous avions eu plus d’argent, nous aurions pu cofinancer ce projet. (If we had had more money, we could have co-financed this project.)
- Ils auraient pu cofinancer l’événement s’ils avaient reçu plus de subventions. (They could have co-financed the event if they had received more subsidies.)
- J’aurais aimé cofinancer ce voyage avec toi, mais je n’avais pas assez d’économies. (I would have liked to co-finance this trip with you, but I didn’t have enough savings.)
In these examples, the use of the Conditionnel Passé tense allows for the expression of a past action that did not actually happen, but could have happened under different circumstances.
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of cofinancer
||Si on m’avait demandé, j’aurais cofinancé.
||If they had asked me, I would have cofinanced.
||Tu aurais cofinancé avec moi.
||You would have cofinanced with me.
||Il aurait cofinancé le projet.
||He would have cofinanced the project.
||Elle aurait cofinancé l’entreprise.
||She would have cofinanced the company.
||On aurait cofinancé le programme.
||One would have cofinanced the program.
||Nous aurions cofinancé ensemble.
||We would have cofinanced together.
||Vous auriez cofinancé le projet.
||You would have cofinanced the project.
||Ils auraient cofinancé le projet.
||They would have cofinanced the project.
||Elles auraient cofinancé le programme.
||They (female) would have cofinanced the program.
Other Conjugations for Cofinancer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cofinancer
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Cofinancer – 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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