Introduction to the verb affurer
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The English translation of the French verb affurer is “to hurry” or “to rush.” It is pronounced [a-fy-reh] in its infinitive form.
Affurer is derived from the Old French word “afforer,” meaning “to hasten.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Présent tense, which is the conditional tense used to express actions that may or may not occur under certain conditions. This tense is often translated into English as “would” + verb.
Here are three simple examples of affurer in the Conditionnel Présent tense with their English translations:
- Si j’avais plus de temps, j’affurerais pour terminer ce projet. (If I had more time, I would hurry to finish this project.)
- Tu affurerais si tu savais que le train va partir bientôt. (You would rush if you knew that the train was leaving soon.)
- Nous vous recommandons d’affurer pour éviter de manquer votre vol. (We would recommend you to hurry to avoid missing your flight.)
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of affurer
|Je affurerais plus tard.
|I would insure later.
|Tu affurerais ta maison.
|You would insure your house.
|Il affurerait sa voiture.
|He would insure his car.
|Elle affurerait son voyage.
|She would insure her trip.
|On affurerait nos biens.
|One would insure our goods.
|Nous affurerions ensemble.
|We would insure together.
|Vous affureriez vos objets.
|You would insure your items.
|Ils affureraient leur maison.
|They would insure their house.
|Elles affureraient leur santé.
|They would insure their health.
Other Conjugations for Affurer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affurer
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Affurer – 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.
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
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).
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).
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).
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).
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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