Introduction to the verb comporter
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The English translation of the French verb comporter is “to behave” or “to act”. It is pronounced as “kom-por-ter” in its infinitive form.
The origin of the word comporter can be traced back to the Latin word “comportare”, which means “to carry together”. In everyday French, it is most commonly used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is used to talk about hypothetical or unreal actions in the past.
French: Si tu avais étudié plus dur, tu aurais mieux comporté à l’examen.
English: If you had studied harder, you would have performed better on the exam.
French: J’aurais dû me comporter comme un adulte, mais j’ai agi comme un enfant.
English: I should have behaved like an adult, but I acted like a child.
French: Nous aurions dû nous comporter plus prudemment lors de cette situation.
English: We should have behaved more cautiously during that situation.
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of comporter
||Si j’avais su, je me serais comporté(e).
||I would have behaved.
||Tu te serais comporté(e) mieux.
||You would have behaved better.
||Il se serait comporté mieux.
||He would have behaved better.
||Elle se serait comportée plus gentiment.
||She would have behaved more kindly.
||On se serait comporté comme ça.
||One would have behaved like that.
||Nous nous serions comportés en adultes.
||We would have behaved like adults.
||Vous vous seriez comportés comme des professionnels.
||You would have behaved like professionals.
||Ils se seraient comportés de manière inappropriée.
||They would have behaved inappropriately.
||Elles se seraient comportées de manière étrange.
||They (female) would have behaved strangely.
Other Conjugations for Comporter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb comporter
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Comporter – 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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