Introduction to the verb conscientiser
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The English translation of the French verb conscientiser is “to make aware” or “to raise awareness.” It is pronounced as [kɔ̃sjɑ̃tize] in its infinitive form.
Conscientiser comes from the French word “conscience” which means “consciousness” or “awareness.” It is a compound word formed from the Latin prefix “con-” meaning “with” and the French word “science” meaning “knowledge.”
In everyday French, conscientiser is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses an action that would have occurred in the past under certain conditions. This tense is formed with the conditional form of the helping verb “avoir” or “être” and the past participle of the main verb.
Here are three simple examples of conscientiser in the Conditionnel Passé tense:
- Si j’avais su que le plastique était si nocif pour l’environnement, j’aurais conscientisé mes enfants plus tôt. (If I had known that plastic was so harmful to the environment, I would have made my children aware earlier.)
- S’ils avaient écouté mes conseils, ils se seraient conscientisés sur les dangers de la drogue. (If they had listened to my advice, they would have become aware of the dangers of drugs.)
- Nous aurions plus de volontaires pour nettoyer la plage si nous avions mieux conscientisé les gens sur l’importance de préserver l’environnement. (We would have more volunteers to clean the beach if we had raised people’s awareness about the importance of preserving the environment.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of conscientiser
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais conscientisée.
||I would have made you aware.
||Tu aurais conscientisé plus tôt.
||You would have raised awareness earlier.
||Il aurait conscientisé les élèves.
||He would have raised awareness among the students.
||Elle aurait conscientisé le public.
||She would have made the public aware.
||On aurait conscientisé la population.
||One would have raised awareness among the population.
||Nous aurions conscientisé les jeunes.
||We would have raised awareness among the youth.
||Vous auriez conscientisé l’association.
||You would have made the association aware.
||Ils auraient conscientisé leurs collègues.
||They would have raised awareness among their colleagues.
||Elles auraient conscientisé leurs voisines.
||They (female) would have raised awareness among their neighbors.
Other Conjugations for Conscientiser.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb conscientiser
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Conscientiser – 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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