Introduction to the verb brader
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The English translation of the French verb brader is “to sell cheaply or to bargain”. The infinitive form, brader, is pronounced “brah-day”.
The word brader comes from the Old French word “braider”, meaning “to pull, to plait”. In everyday French, brader is most often used in the Conditionnel Présent tense, which expresses an action that is dependent on a certain condition. It is often used in the context of sales or negotiating prices.
- Si j’avais plus de temps, je braderais mes vieux meubles. (If I had more time, I would sell my old furniture cheaply.)
- Il braderait sa voiture si elle avait plus de kilomètres au compteur. (He would bargain his car if it had more mileage.)
- Nous braderions nos produits si le marché était plus compétitif. (We would sell our products cheaply if the market was more competitive.)
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of brader
|Je braderais mes affaires.
|I would sell my belongings.
|Tu braderais ta voiture.
|You would sell your car.
|Il braderait ses vieux livres.
|He would sell his old books.
|Elle braderait ses bijoux.
|She would sell her jewelry.
|On braderait les légumes.
|One would sell the vegetables.
|Nous braderions nos souvenirs.
|We would sell our memories.
|Vous braderiez vos chaises.
|You would sell your chairs.
|Ils braderaient leurs collections.
|They would sell their collections.
|Elles braderaient leur maison.
|They would sell their house.
Other Conjugations for Brader.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brader
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Brader – 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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