Introduction to the verb détaler
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The English translation of the French verb détaler is “to bolt” or “to run away.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “day-tuh-leh.”
Détaler comes from the Old French word “détaler” which means “to take flight.” It is often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is the conditional perfect tense. This tense is used to talk about a hypothetical action that would have taken place in the past if certain conditions had been met.
- Si j’avais vu le serpent, je me serais détala. (If I had seen the snake, I would have bolted.)
- Tu te serais détala si tu avais vu le gros chien. (You would have run away if you had seen the big dog.)
- Nous nous serions détala si nous avions entendu du bruit. (We would have bolted if we had heard some noise.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of détaler
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais détalé.
||I would have run away if I had known.
||Tu aurais détalé plus vite.
||You would have run away faster.
||Il aurait détalé à la vue du chien.
||He would have run away at the sight of the dog.
||Elle aurait détalé en criant.
||She would have run away screaming.
||On aurait détalé en voyant l’orage.
||One would have run away upon seeing the storm.
||Nous aurions détalé ensemble.
||We would have run away together.
||Vous auriez détalé avant nous.
||You would have run away before us.
||Ils auraient détalé plus tôt.
||They would have run away earlier.
||Elles auraient détalé ensemble.
||They (female) would have run away together.
Other Conjugations for Détaler.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détaler
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Détaler – 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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