Introduction to the verb consolider
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The English translation of the French verb consolider is “to consolidate.” It is pronounced as “koh(n)-soh-lee-dey.”
Consolider comes from the Latin word “consolidare,” meaning “to make firm or solid.” In everyday French, it is most often used as a transitive verb, meaning it requires a direct object. It is commonly used in business or financial contexts, meaning to make something stronger or more stable.
In the Conditionnel Passé tense, consolider is used to express a hypothetical action that would have been completed in the past if certain conditions had been met. Here are three examples of its usage in this tense, with their English translations:
Si j’avais eu plus d’argent, j’aurais consolidé mon entreprise. (If I had had more money, I would have consolidated my company.)
Tu aurais dû lui demander de consolider sa position avant de signer l’accord. (You should have asked him to strengthen his position before signing the agreement.)
Ils auraient pu consolider leur relation s’ils avaient résolu leurs problèmes de communication. (They could have strengthened their relationship if they had addressed their communication issues.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of consolider
||Si j’avais eu plus de temps, je t’aurais consolidé.
||I would have consolidated you if I had more time.
||Tu aurais consolidé ta position.
||You would have consolidated your position.
||Il aurait consolidé l’entreprise.
||He would have consolidated the company.
||Elle aurait consolidé ses dettes.
||She would have consolidated her debts.
||On aurait consolidé nos forces.
||One would have consolidated our strength.
||Nous aurions consolidé notre alliance.
||We would have consolidated our alliance.
||Vous auriez consolidé le contrat.
||You would have consolidated the contract.
||Ils auraient consolidé leur pouvoir.
||They would have consolidated their power.
||Elles auraient consolidé leur position.
||They (female) would have consolidated their position.
Other Conjugations for Consolider.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb consolider
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Consolider – 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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