Introduction to the verb bredouiller
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The English translation of bredouiller is “to mumble” or “to stutter”. It is pronounced “bruh-doo-yay”.
Bredouiller comes from the Old French verb “brider” which means “to bridle”. It evolved to have the meaning of “to stammer” or “to stutter” in the 16th century.
In everyday French, the Conditional Present tense of bredouiller is used to express a hypothetical or uncertain action or situation.
Here are three examples of how bredouiller is used in the Conditional Present tense:
- Si je devais parler en public, je bredouillerais sûrement. (If I had to speak in public, I would probably stutter.)
- Tu bredouillerais si tu étais nerveux. (You would stutter if you were nervous.)
- Il/elle/on bredouillerait si la situation devenait embarrassante. (He/she/one would mumble if the situation became awkward.)
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of bredouiller
|Je bredouillerais de gêne.
|I would stutter out of embarrassment.
|Tu bredouillerais des excuses.
|You would mumble excuses.
|Il bredouillerait son discours.
|He would stumble through his speech.
|Elle bredouillerait ses mensonges.
|She would stutter through her lies.
|On bredouillerait de nervosité.
|One would stutter out of nervousness.
|Nous bredouillerions nos réponses.
|We would stutter through our answers.
|Vous bredouilleriez vos excuses.
|You would mumble your excuses.
|Ils bredouilleraient de fatigue.
|They would mumble out of tiredness.
|Elles bredouilleraient de peur.
|They would stutter out of fear.
Other Conjugations for Bredouiller.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bredouiller
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Bredouiller – 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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