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

Introduction to the verb attaquer

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The English translation of the French verb attaquer is “to attack.” It is pronounced “a-ta-kay” in its infinitive form.

Attaquer comes from the Old French word “atac,” which means “to assault or attack.” It is derived from the Latin word “attackare,” which has the same meaning.

In everyday French, attaquer is most often used in the Conditionnel Présent (conditional present) tense to express a hypothetical or uncertain action. This tense is formed by adding the conditional endings (-ais, -ais, -ait, -ions, -iez, -aient) to the stem of the verb.

Here are three examples of attaquer in the Conditionnel Présent tense with their English translations:

  1. Si je gagnais à la loterie, j’attaquerais immédiatement ma liste de voyages. (If I won the lottery, I would immediately attack my list of travels.)
  2. Si tu étudiais plus, tu attaquerais mieux tes examens. (If you studied more, you would attack your exams better.)
  3. S’ils avaient plus de temps, ils attaqueraient ce projet avec plus de diligence. (If they had more time, they would attack this project with more diligence.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je attaquerais Je attaquerais l’ennemi. I would attack the enemy.
tu attaquerais Tu attaquerais en premier. You would attack first.
il attaquerait Il attaquerait sans pitié. He would attack without mercy.
elle attaquerait Elle attaquerait la forteresse. She would attack the fortress.
on attaquerait On attaquerait de nuit. One would attack at night.
nous attaquerions Nous attaquerions ensemble. We would attack together.
vous attaqueriez Vous attaqueriez en groupe. You would attack as a group.
ils attaqueraient Ils attaqueraient avec force. They would attack with force.
elles attaqueraient Elles attaqueraient avec ruse. They would attack with cunning.

Other Conjugations for Attaquer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb attaquer
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Attaquer – 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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