Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer

Introduction to the verb embourrer

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The English translation of the French verb embourrer is “to stuff” or “to pack”. The infinitive form is pronounced as ahm-boor-ray.

The word embourrer is derived from the Old French word “embarrer”, meaning “to block” or “to obstruct”. It is most commonly used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Présent tense, which indicates a hypothetical or possible action in the present or future.

Three simple examples of using embourrer in the Conditionnel Présent tense, with their English translations, are:

  1. Si j’avais le temps, j’embourrerais ma valise avant de partir en vacances. (If I had time, I would pack my suitcase before leaving for vacation.)
  2. Tu devrais embourrer ton sac à dos avec des vêtements chauds pour la randonnée. (You should stuff your backpack with warm clothes for the hike.)
  3. Nous pourrions embourrer notre sandwich avec du jambon et du fromage avant de le manger. (We could stuff our sandwich with ham and cheese before eating it.)

Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of embourrer

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je embourrerais Je embourrerais le tissu. I would stuff the fabric.
tu embourrerais Tu embourrerais le coussin. You would stuff the cushion.
il embourrerait Il embourrerait la boîte. He would stuff the box.
elle embourrerait Elle embourrerait la poupée. She would stuff the doll.
on embourrerait On embourrerait le canapé. One would stuff the couch.
nous embourrerions Nous embourrerions le sac. We would stuff the bag.
vous embourreriez Vous embourreriez le couvre-lit. You would stuff the bedspread.
ils embourreraient Ils embourreraient les oreillers. They would stuff the pillows.
elles embourreraient Elles embourreraient le matelas. They would stuff the mattress.

Other Conjugations for Embourrer.

   
    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer

    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer
   

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer (this article)

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embourrer

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Embourrer – 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.

NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Formation

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

Present Tense

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). 

Past Tense

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). 

Future Tense

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).
 

Conditional Perfect

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).

Summary

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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