Introduction to the verb comploter
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The English translation of the French verb comploter is “to plot” or “to conspire.” It is pronounced as “kom-plo-tey” in the infinitive form.
Comploter has its origins in the Latin word “complotare,” meaning “to conspire.” It entered the French language in the 13th century and has been used in various forms ever since.
In everyday French, comploter is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is the conditional perfect tense. This tense is used to talk about actions that would have happened in the past if certain conditions had been met.
Si j’avais su qu’il allait venir, j’aurais comploté un plan pour l’éviter. (If I had known he was coming, I would have plotted a plan to avoid him.)
Ils auraient comploté pendant des mois avant de mettre leur plan à exécution. (They would have conspired for months before putting their plan into action.)
Si elle avait réussi à comploter contre lui, elle aurait pris le contrôle de l’entreprise. (If she had managed to conspire against him, she would have taken control of the company.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of comploter
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais comploté quelque chose.
||I would have plotted something against you.
||Tu aurais comploté avec lui.
||You would have plotted with him.
||Il aurait comploté contre le gouvernement.
||He would have conspired against the government.
||Elle aurait comploté avec ses amies.
||She would have conspired with her friends.
||On aurait comploté pour gagner plus d’argent.
||One would have conspired to make more money.
||Nous aurions comploté ensemble.
||We would have conspired together.
||Vous auriez comploté pour prendre le pouvoir.
||You would have plotted to seize power.
||Ils auraient comploté contre leur patron.
||They would have conspired against their boss.
||Elles auraient comploté pour se venger.
||They (female) would have plotted to get revenge.
Other Conjugations for Comploter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comploter
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Comploter – 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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