Introduction to the verb brigander
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The English translation of the French verb brigander is “to scheme” or “to plot.” It is pronounced “bree-gahn-day.”
Brigander comes from the Old French word “brigand,” meaning “robber” or “outlaw.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Présent tense, which expresses actions that are dependent on a certain condition or event.
Si j’étais riche, je briganderais un plan pour voyager autour du monde.
(If I were rich, I would scheme a plan to travel around the world.)
S’ils gagnaient la loterie, ils briganderaient probablement pour s’acheter une maison plus grande.
(If they won the lottery, they would probably plot to buy a bigger house.)
Si je pouvais retourner dans le temps, je ne briganderais pas de changer mes choix passés.
(If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t scheme to change my past decisions.)
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of brigander
|Je briganderais avec eux.
|I would scheme with them.
|Tu briganderais trop.
|You would scheme too much.
|Il briganderait pour gagner.
|He would scheme to win.
|Elle briganderait contre lui.
|She would scheme against him.
|On briganderait pour le pouvoir.
|One would scheme for power.
|Nous briganderions pour l’argent.
|We would scheme for money.
|Vous briganderiez pour le contrôle.
|You would scheme for control.
|Ils briganderaient pour le plaisir.
|They would scheme for fun.
|Elles briganderaient par curiosité.
|They would scheme out of curiosity.
Other Conjugations for Brigander.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brigander
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Brigander – 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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