Introduction to the verb dissuader
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The English translation of the French verb dissuader is “to dissuade”. It is pronounced as “dee-soo-ah-day” in the infinitive form.
The word dissuader comes from the Latin word “dissuadere”, which means “to advise against”. It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Présent tense, which expresses a hypothetical or possible action.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in the Conditionnel Présent tense, with their respective English translations:
- Si je te dissuadais de partir, tu resterais avec moi. (If I were to dissuade you from leaving, you would stay with me.)
- Elle le dissuaderait de prendre des risques. (She would dissuade him from taking risks.)
- On les dissuaderait d’acheter cette maison. (We would dissuade them from buying this house.)
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of dissuader
||Je dissuaderais mes enfants.
||I would dissuade my children.
||Tu dissuaderais ton ami.
||You would dissuade your friend.
||Il dissuaderait les étudiants.
||He would dissuade the students.
||Elle dissuaderait ses collègues.
||She would dissuade her colleagues.
||On dissuaderait ces conducteurs.
||One would dissuade these drivers.
||Nous dissuaderions nos parents.
||We would dissuade our parents.
||Vous dissuaderiez la violence.
||You would dissuade violence.
||Ils dissuaderaient les criminels.
||They would dissuade criminals.
||Elles dissuaderaient les voleurs.
||They would dissuade thieves.
Other Conjugations for Dissuader.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dissuader
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Dissuader – 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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