Introduction to the verb disserter
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The English translation of the French verb disserter is “to dissertate” or “to discuss at length.” The infinitive form of the verb is pronounced “dee-ser-tay.”
The language origin of disserter comes from the Latin word “disserere” which means “to discuss.” It entered into French in the 14th century as “dessirter” before becoming “dissertare” in the 16th century. It then evolved into its current form “dissertare” in the 19th century.
In everyday French, disserter is most often used in the Conditionnel Présent tense as a way to express a hypothetical or uncertain action in the present. It is often used in academic or formal situations to discuss a topic in detail.
Three simple examples of its usage in the Conditionnel Présent tense are:
Si j’avais plus de temps, je pourrais disserter sur ce sujet intéressant. (If I had more time, I could discuss this interesting topic.)
Je voudrais disserter sur les effets du changement climatique lors de la conférence. (I would like to discuss the effects of climate change during the conference.)
Si tu étais là, nous pourrions disserter ensemble sur la politique française. (If you were here, we could discuss French politics together.)
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of disserter
||Je disserterais sur l’éducation
||I would talk about education.
||Tu disserterais sur la littérat
||You would talk about literature.
||Il disserterait sur l’histoire.
||He would talk about history.
||Elle disserterait sur la philo.
||She would talk about philosophy.
||On disserterait sur la nature.
||One would talk about nature.
||Nous disserterions sur la sociét
||We would talk about society.
||Vous disserteriez sur la religio
||You would talk about religion.
||Ils disserteraient sur la scien
||They would talk about science.
||Elles disserteraient sur l’art.
||They would talk about art.
Other Conjugations for Disserter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disserter
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Disserter – 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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