Can someone explain the different French verb tenses? Par exemple: Mettre Present - je mets / Present subjunctive - je mette Perfect- j' ai mis / Imperfect - je mettais Future - je mettrai / Conditional - je mettrais What is the difference between these tenses?
Apr 18, 2013 2:27 AM
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Hello ! Your question is a bit complicated for this limited forum. You should refer to a French comprehensive grammar book. Here are a few indications though. "Présent" is quite clear : the action is being done : Je mets = I'm putting... For the past, we have two tenses : "imparfait" : the action has developed in the past and has lasted a certain time. The stress is put on the process : "je mettais" = I was putting... "Passé simple" = the action happened in the past at a precise time, but the stress here is put also on the fact that it's definitely over and done. "J'ai mis" = I put... "Le futur" : the action will take place in the future. "Je mettrai" : I will put.. "Le conditionnel" indicates that the action will take place in the future, if required conditions are present. "Je mettrais" : "I would put...,IF..." As to the subjunctive, check it in a grammar book, please ! Hope it helps anyway. Jean Paul
April 19, 2013
April 18, 2013
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