Introduction to the verb concilier
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The English translation of the French verb concilier is “to reconcile.” It is pronounced as “kon-see-lyay.”
The origin of the word “concilier” comes from the Latin word “conciliare,” meaning “to unite or bring together.” It was first used in the French language in the 13th century.
In everyday French, concilier is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses an action that would have happened in the past if certain conditions had been met.
Here are 3 simple examples of concilier used in the Conditionnel Passé tense with their respective English translations:
- Si j’avais parlé à mon frère, nous aurions concilié nos différences. (If I had spoken to my brother, we would have reconciled our differences.)
- Si tu avais écouté mes conseils, tu n’aurais pas eu de problèmes. (If you had listened to my advice, you wouldn’t have had any problems.)
- Si nous avions compris son point de vue, nous aurions pu concilier nos opinions. (If we had understood his point of view, we could have reconciled our opinions.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of concilier
||Si j’avais plus de temps, je l’aurais concilié.
||If I had more time, I would have reconciled it.
||Tu aurais concilié avec ton frère.
||You would have reconciled with your brother.
||Il aurait concilié le conflit.
||He would have resolved the conflict.
||Elle aurait concilié sa vie professionnelle et personnelle.
||She would have balanced her professional and personal life.
||On aurait concilié les opinions divergentes.
||One would have reconciled divergent opinions.
||Nous aurions concilié nos différences.
||We would have reconciled our differences.
||Vous auriez concilié les intérêts des deux parties.
||You would have reconciled the interests of both parties.
||Ils auraient concilié les points de vue opposés.
||They would have reconciled opposing points of view.
||Elles auraient concilié leurs opinions.
||They (female) would have reconciled their opinions.
Other Conjugations for Concilier.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb concilier
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Concilier – 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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