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

Introduction to the verb affairer

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The English translation of the French verb affairer is “to be busy” or “to attend to.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “ah-fay-ray.”

The word “affairer” comes from the Old French word “afaire” which means “to do” or “to concern oneself with.” In everyday French, it is most often used in the Conditionnel Présent tense to express an action that would happen in the future if a certain condition is met.

Three simple examples of its usage in the Conditionnel Présent tense are:

  1. Si j’avais plus de temps, je m’affairerais à finir ce projet. (If I had more time, I would be busy finishing this project.)

  2. Nous nous affairerions à trouver une solution si nous avions plus d’informations. (We would be attending to finding a solution if we had more information.)

  3. Tu t’affairerais à nettoyer la cuisine si tu n’étais pas aussi paresseux. (You would be busy cleaning the kitchen if you weren’t so lazy.)

Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of affairer

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Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je affairerais Je affairerais mes papiers. I would sort my papers.
tu affairerais Tu affairerais ton bureau. You would tidy up your desk.
il affairerait Il affairerait des dossiers. He would work on some files.
elle affairerait Elle affairerait avec diligence. She would work diligently.
on affairerait On affairerait ensemble. One would work together.
nous affairerions Nous affairerions pour le projet. We would work on the project.
vous affaireriez Vous affaireriez avec efficacité. You would work efficiently.
ils affaireraient Ils affaireraient le chantier. They would work on the construction site.
elles affaireraient Elles affaireraient sur le projet. They would work on the project.

Other Conjugations for Affairer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affairer
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affairer (this article)

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

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

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

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Affairer – About the French Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense

The French “Conditionnel Présent” tense, often called the present conditional tense in English, is used to express actions or events that are considered hypothetical, possible, or uncertain in the present or future. It’s the equivalent of “would” or “could” in English.

NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Formation

To form the Conditionnel Présent tense for regular verbs, you take the infinitive form of the verb and add the appropriate endings. For example, using the verb “parler” (to speak): 

Je parlerais (I would speak) 
Tu parlerais (You would speak)
Il/elle/on parlerait (He/she/one would speak)
Nous parlerions (We would speak) 
Vous parleriez (You would speak)
Ils/elles parleraient (They would speak) 

Note – For irregular verbs, the stem might change, so you need to memorize the conjugation.

Common Everyday Usage Patterns

Expressing Polite Requests

The Conditionnel Présent is often used to make polite requests or suggestions. Instead of using the imperative, which can be more direct, the conditional is softer and more courteous. For example: “Je voudrais un café, s’il vous plaît” (I would like a coffee, please). 

Expressing Hypothetical Situations

It’s used to talk about hypothetical or unreal situations. For instance, “Si j’avais de l’argent, j’achèterais une nouvelle voiture” (If I had money, I would buy a new car). 

Expressing Doubt or Uncertainty

The conditional can convey doubt or uncertainty about something in the present or future. “Il serait peut-être en retard” (He might be late).

Interactions with Other Tenses

Present Tense

The Conditionnel Présent is often used with the present tense to express hypothetical or conditional statements. For example, “Si tu viens demain, nous irons au cinéma” (If you come tomorrow, we will go to the movies). 

Past Tense

The Conditionnel Présent can also be used with past tenses like the imparfait to indicate a past hypothetical action. For instance, “J’aurais aimé être là hier” (I would have liked to be there yesterday). 

Future Tense

The Conditionnel Présent can be combined with the future tense to indicate future actions that are dependent on certain conditions. For example, “Il viendrait si tu l’invitais” (He would come if you invited him).
 

Conditional Perfect

If you want to express a hypothetical action in the past that didn’t happen, you can use the Conditionnel Présent with the past participle to form the conditional perfect. For example, “Il aurait fini son travail s’il n’était pas tombé malade” (He would have finished his work if he hadn’t gotten sick).

Summary

The Conditionnel Présent is a versatile tense in French, allowing speakers to discuss possibilities, hypothetical scenarios, and make polite requests. It’s essential to understand its usage patterns and how it interacts with other tenses to communicate effectively in various situations.

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