Le conditionnel pour exprimer le souhait
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Le conditionnel pour exprimer le souhaitTo express a wish, we use verbs such as vouloir, aimer, and adorer in the present conditional. We also use expressions such as ça me ferait plaisir (it would please me) or ce serait bien (it would be good), which also use verbs (faire and être) in the conditional.
Nous aimerions aller au cinéma. We would like to go to the cinema.
Ce serait génial de partir en vacances. That would be great to go on vacation.
J’irais bien à Paris ! I would love to go to Paris!
The conditional present is quite easy to form. We just add the following endings to the infinitive form of the verb: - ais, -ais, -ait, -ions, -iez, -aient.
As ever, there are irregular verbs (about 20 main verbs) which have irregular stems and keep the same endings as above. For example, the verbs vouloir, être, aller are conjugated like this:
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