Introduction to the verb concerter
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The English translation of the French verb concerter is “to coordinate” or “to arrange.” It is pronounced as “kon-ser-teh” in the infinitive form.
The word “concerter” comes from the Latin word “concertare” which means to strive together or to contend. In everyday French, it is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is the past conditional tense, to express a hypothetical or unrealized action in the past.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, with the respective English translations:
Si nous avions pu nous concerter plus tôt, la réunion se serait mieux déroulée. (If we had been able to coordinate earlier, the meeting would have gone more smoothly.)
Les organisateurs auraient dû concerter leurs efforts pour garantir le succès de l’événement. (The organizers should have coordinated their efforts to ensure the success of the event.)
Je regrette que nous n’ayons pas pu nous concerter avant de prendre cette décision. (I regret that we were not able to coordinate before making this decision.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of concerter
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais concerté
||I would have consulted you.
||Tu aurais concerté plus tôt.
||You would have consulted earlier.
||Il aurait concerté avec sa femme.
||He would have consulted with his wife.
||Elle aurait concerté avec son amie.
||She would have consulted with her friend.
||On aurait concerté avant de décider.
||One would have consulted before deciding.
||Nous aurions concerté en équipe.
||We would have consulted as a team.
||Vous auriez concerté avec eux.
||You would have consulted with them.
||Ils auraient concerté avant de partir.
||They would have consulted before leaving.
||Elles auraient concerté ensemble.
||They (female) would have consulted together.
Other Conjugations for Concerter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concerter
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Concerter – 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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