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

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The English translation of the French verb fréquenter is “to frequent” or “to attend.” The infinitive form is pronounced “freh-kuh(n)-tay.”

Fréquenter comes from the Old French word “frequenter,” which is derived from the Latin word “frequentare,” meaning “to visit often.” It is most often used in everyday French to describe the act of regularly attending or visiting a place or person.

In the Conditionnel Passé tense, fréquenter is used to express a hypothetical or uncertain action that would have taken place in the past. It is formed by using the conditional form of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” and the past participle of fréquenter.

Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, with their respective English translations:

  1. J’aurais fréquenté cette bibliothèque si elle était plus proche de chez moi.
    Translation: I would have frequented this library if it were closer to my house.

  2. Tu serais peut-être en train de voyager autour du monde si tu avais fréquenté une meilleure université.
    Translation: You might be traveling around the world if you had attended a better university.

  3. Nous aurions fréquenté cette école si nos parents n’avaient pas déménagé.
    Translation: We would have attended this school if our parents had not moved.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je aurais fréquenté Si j’avais eu plus de temps, je t’aurais fréquenté. I would have frequented you if I had more time.
tu aurais fréquenté Tu aurais fréquenté l’université. You would have attended university.
il aurait fréquenté Il aurait fréquenté cette soirée. He would have attended this party.
elle aurait fréquenté Elle aurait fréquenté cette école. She would have attended this school.
on aurait fréquenté On aurait fréquenté le même café. One would have frequented the same cafe.
nous aurions fréquenté Nous aurions fréquenté la même église. We would have attended the same church.
vous auriez fréquenté Vous auriez fréquenté cet endroit. You would have frequented this place.
ils auraient fréquenté Ils auraient fréquenté cette ville. They would have frequented this city.
elles auraient fréquenté Elles auraient fréquenté cette salle de sport. They (female) would have attended this gym.

Other Conjugations for Fréquenter.

    

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fréquenter
     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Fréquenter – 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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