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

Introduction to the verb exciter

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The English translation of the French verb exciter is “to excite.” It is pronounced as “eks-ee-tey” in the infinitive form.

The word exciter comes from the Latin word “excitare,” meaning “to rouse or stir up.” It was first used in the 13th century in French, with the meaning “to stimulate or provoke.” In everyday French, exciter is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense to express a hypothetical or imagined action in the past.

Here are three simple examples of how exciter can be used in the Conditionnel Passé tense in everyday French, with their respective English translations:

  1. Si j’avais vu le film, je l’aurais excité pour le regarder avec moi. (If I had seen the movie, I would have excited him to watch it with me.)
  2. Nous aurions été tellement excités de partir en voyage en Europe. (We would have been so excited to go on a trip to Europe.)
  3. Tu aurais excité les enfants pour qu’ils fassent leurs devoirs. (You would have excited the children to do their homework.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je aurais excité Si j’avais su, je t’aurais excité. I would have excited you.
tu aurais excité Tu aurais excité plus tôt. You would have excited earlier.
il aurait excité Il aurait excité la foule. He would have excited the crowd.
elle aurait excité Elle aurait excité son chien. She would have excited her dog.
on aurait excité On aurait excité la curiosité. One would have excited curiosity.
nous aurions excité Nous aurions excité les enfants. We would have excited the children.
vous auriez excité Vous auriez excité les spectateurs. You would have excited the spectators.
ils auraient excité Ils auraient excité le public. They would have excited the public.
elles auraient excité Elles auraient excité leur patron. They (female) would have excited their boss.

Other Conjugations for Exciter.

    

    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb exciter
     

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb exciter
     

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

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb exciter
     

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb exciter
     

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

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

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

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb exciter

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

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

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

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

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb exciter
     

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb exciter  (this article)

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb exciter

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb exciter


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Exciter – 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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