Introduction to the verb confirmer
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The English translation of the French verb confirmer is “to confirm.” The infinitive form of confirmer is pronounced as “kawn-fee-may.”
The word confirmer comes from the Latin word “confirmare,” which means “to strengthen” or “to establish.” In everyday French, confirmer is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense to express a conditional past action.
- Si j’avais suivi mes rêves, j’aurais confirmé ma place dans l’équipe de football. (If I had followed my dreams, I would have confirmed my spot on the football team.)
- Nous aurions confirmé notre réservation à l’hôtel si nous avions eu plus de temps. (We would have confirmed our hotel reservation if we had more time.)
- Vous auriez confirmé votre présence à la fête si vous n’aviez pas été malade. (You would have confirmed your presence at the party if you hadn’t been sick.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of confirmer
||Si j’avais eu le temps, je t’aurais confirmé.
||I would have confirmed with you if I had had time.
||Tu aurais confirmé ta réservation.
||You would have confirmed your reservation.
||Il aurait confirmé sa présence.
||He would have confirmed his presence.
||Elle aurait confirmé son arrivée.
||She would have confirmed her arrival.
||On aurait confirmé la réunion.
||One would have confirmed the meeting.
||Nous aurions confirmé nos intentions.
||We would have confirmed our intentions.
||Vous auriez confirmé votre décision.
||You would have confirmed your decision.
||Ils auraient confirmé leur vol.
||They would have confirmed their flight.
||Elles auraient confirmé leur présence.
||They (female) would have confirmed their presence.
Other Conjugations for Confirmer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb confirmer
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Confirmer – 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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