Introduction to the verb flageller
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The English translation of the French verb flageller is “to whip” or “to lash.” The infinitive form is pronounced “fla-je-lay.”
Flageller comes from the Latin word flagellum, meaning “whip.” It is most often used in everyday French to describe the act of physically whipping or lashing someone, but can also be used more figuratively to describe scolding or criticizing someone harshly.
In the Conditionnel Passé tense, flageller is used to indicate a hypothetical or conditional action that occurred in the past. Here are three examples of its usage:
Si j’avais eu le courage, je l’aurais flagellé pour son comportement irrespectueux. (If I had had the courage, I would have whipped him for his disrespectful behavior.)
Elle aurait été flagellée par les critiques si elle avait choisi de poursuivre cette carrière. (She would have been lashed by criticism if she had chosen to pursue this career.)
Nous aurions flagellé le gouvernement s’ils n’avaient pas pris de mesures pour protéger l’environnement. (We would have whipped the government if they had not taken measures to protect the environment.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of flageller
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais flagellé.
|I would have whipped you.
|Tu aurais flagellé plus fort.
|You would have whipped harder.
|Il aurait flagellé son ennemi.
|He would have whipped his enemy.
|Elle aurait flagellé son esclave.
|She would have whipped her slave.
|On aurait flagellé en public.
|One would have whipped in public.
|Nous aurions flagellé ensemble.
|We would have whipped together.
|Vous auriez flagellé les criminels.
|You would have whipped the criminals.
|Ils auraient flagellé leurs prisonniers.
|They would have whipped their prisoners.
|Elles auraient flagellé leurs servantes.
|They (female) would have whipped their servants.
Other Conjugations for Flageller.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb flageller
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Flageller – 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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