Level B1 - How to say COULD - French Conditional and Imperfect Tenses

Learn to use the correct tense when expressing "could" in French

Level B1 - How to say COULD

Once you've learned the conditional, you may be tempted to always use it when you want to say the equivalent of could. However, there are three different ways to say could in French, and they involve both the conditional and imperfect tenses. In this lesson, you will learn all three ways, and I will lead you through an extensive exercise in which you need to choose the correct tense to express both could and would.


STEP 1 3 page printable lesson guide: Download your lesson guide before listening to the audio lesson

STEP 2 ➯ 9 minute audio lesson

STEP 3 ➯ Exercise on different ways to say could and would: Download the exercise, an answer key is included.

STEP 4 ➯ 30 minute audio to accompany the exercise: Let's work through this exercise together. I will lead you through the first part of the exercise in which you will determine whether you should use the conditional or the imperfect. You will then write or speak the verbs in French. Next, take the time you need to translate the sentences. Finally, come back to my audio explanation, and we will go through the translations together as you read along on your answer key.

This lesson is included in Love Learning Language's FRENCH PROGRAM FOR SELF-LEARNERS.

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Your Instructor

Jennifer Crespin
Jennifer Crespin

Jennifer is originally from Louisiana, and has been teaching French for over 20 years. She has been living in France with her husband and children since 2013, and continues to teach French both online and locally. She completed a BA in French and English, and taught French and moved to France for a year before completing an MA degree in French literature and language. While living in the US, she taught French for 15 years at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men.

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  How to say COULD - Conditional and Imperfect Tenses
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