Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter

Introduction to the verb connoter

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The English translation of the French verb connoter is “to connote.” It is pronounced as “koh-noh-teh” in the infinitive form.

The word “connoter” comes from the Latin word “connotare,” meaning “to mark together.” It entered the French language in the 15th century, and it is most often used in a figurative sense to describe the associative or implied meaning of a word or expression. In everyday French, it can also refer to the act of suggesting or implying something without directly stating it.

In the Conditionnel Passé tense, “connoter” is used to express a hypothetical or unrealized action in the past. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, along with their English translations:

  1. Si j’avais su, j’aurais choisi un mot qui ne connotait pas de mauvaises intentions. (If I had known, I would have chosen a word that didn’t connote bad intentions.)
  2. Ils auraient dû faire attention aux mots qu’ils ont utilisés, car ils peuvent facilement être connotés comme étant offensants. (They should have paid attention to the words they used, as they can easily be connoted as offensive.)
  3. Si tu avais été plus subtil dans ton discours, tu n’aurais pas connoté une telle hostilité envers lui. (If you had been more subtle in your speech, you wouldn’t have connoted such hostility towards him.)

Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of connoter

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je aurais connoté Si j’avais su, j’aurais connoté le terme. I would have connoted the term.
tu aurais connoté Tu aurais connoté le mot différemment. You would have connoted the word differently.
il aurait connoté Il aurait connoté le logo comme moderne. He would have connoted the logo as modern.
elle aurait connoté Elle aurait connoté l’image de succès. She would have connoted the image as successful.
on aurait connoté On aurait connoté la couleur ensoleillée. One would have connoted the sunny color.
nous aurions connoté Nous aurions connoté le terme ensemble. We would have connoted the term together.
vous auriez connoté Vous auriez connoté la phrase en anglais. You would have connoted the sentence in English.
ils auraient connoté Ils auraient connoté le terme avec humour. They would have connoted the term with humor.
elles auraient connoté Elles auraient connoté l’expression comme négative. They (female) would have connoted the expression as negative.

Other Conjugations for Connoter.

    

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    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter
     

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    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter
     

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter
     

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter

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    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter
     

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connoter
     

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Connoter – 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.

NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Formation

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

Conditional Present

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.) 

Conditional Future

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.)

Summary

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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