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would
British English: /wʊd/
, /wəd/
American English: /wʊd/
, /wəd/
, /(ə)d/
When would is used with a verb in English to form the conditional tense, would + verb is translated by the present conditional of the appropriate verb in French and would have + verb by the past conditional of the appropriate verb: I would do it if I had time = je le ferais si j'avais le temps; I would have done it if I had had time = je l'aurais fait si j'avais eu le temps; he said he would fetch the car = il a dit qu'il irait chercher la voiture.For more examples, particular usages and all other uses of would see the entry below.

modal auxiliary aussi 'd nég wouldn't

  • 1 (in sequence of past tenses, in reported speech) she said she wouldn't come
    elle a dit qu'elle ne viendrait pas
    we thought we would be late
    nous avons pensé que nous serions en retard
    I was sure you'd like it
    j'étais sûr que ça te plairait
    we were wondering if he'd accept
    nous nous demandions s'il accepterait
    they promised that they'd come back
    ils ont promis de revenir
    soon it would be time to get up
    ce serait bientôt l'heure de se lever
    it was to be the last chance we would have to leave
    ça devait être la dernière chance que nous aurions de partir
    he thought she would have forgotten
    il pensait qu'elle aurait oublié
    I wish he would shut the door!
    il pourrait fermer la porte!
    I wish you'd be quiet!
    tu ne pourrais pas te taire!
  • 2 (in conditional statements) it would be wonderful if they came
    ce serait merveilleux s'ils venaient
    I'm sure she would help if you asked her
    je suis sûr qu'elle t'aiderait si tu le lui demandais
    if we'd left later we would have missed the train
    si nous étions partis plus tard nous aurions raté le train
    we wouldn't be happy anywhere else
    nous ne serions heureux nulle part ailleurs
    what would be the best way to approach him?
    quel serait le meilleur moyen de l'aborder?
    who would ever have believed it?
    qui l'aurait cru?
    you wouldn't have thought it possible!
    on n'aurait jamais cru que c'était possible!
    I would have found out sooner or later
    je l'aurais découvert tôt ou tard
    wouldn't it be nice if…
    ce serait bien si…
    we wouldn't have succeeded without his help
    nous n'aurions jamais réussi sans son aide
    it wouldn't be the same without them
    ça ne serait pas la même chose sans eux
    it cost far less than I would have expected
    ça a coûté beaucoup moins cher que je n'aurais pensé
  • 3 (expressing willingness to act) do you know anyone who would do it?
    est-ce que tu connais quelqu'un qui le ferait?
    they couldn't find anyone who would take the job
    ils n'arrivaient pas à trouver quelqu'un qui accepte le poste
    he wouldn't hurt a fly she just wouldn't listen
    elle ne voulait rien entendre
    after that I wouldn't eat any canned food
    après cela je ne voulais plus manger de conserves
    he wouldn't do a thing to help
    il n'a rien voulu faire pour aider
    the police wouldn't give any further details
    la police a refusé de donner plus de détails
    they asked me to leave but I wouldn't
    ils m'ont demandé de partir mais j'ai refusé
  • 4 (expressing inability to function) the door wouldn't close
    la porte ne voulait pas se fermer
    the brakes wouldn't work
    les freins ne marchaient pas
  • 5 (expressing desire, preference) we would like to stay another night
    nous aimerions rester une nuit de plus
    we'd really love to see you
    nous aimerions vraiment te voir
    I would much rather travel alone
    je préfèrerais nettement voyager seul
    she would have preferred a puppy
    elle aurait préféré un chiot
    which film would you rather see?
    quel film est-ce que tu préférerais voir?
    I wouldn't mind another slice of cake
    je prendrais bien un autre morceau de gâteau
    it's what he would have wanted
    c'est ce qu'il aurait voulu
  • 6 (in polite requests or proposals) would you like something to eat?
    voudriez-vous quelque chose à manger?
    would you like some more tea?
    voulez-vous encore du thé?
    would you help me set the table?
    est-ce que tu pourrais m'aider à mettre la table?
    switch off the radio, would you?
    éteins la radio, tu veux bien?
    would you be interested in buying a vacuum cleaner?
    est-ce que vous seriez intéressé par un aspirateur?
    would you like to go to a concert
    est-ce que tu aimerais aller à un concert?
    would you give her the message?
    est-ce que vous voulez bien lui transmettre le message?
    would you mind not smoking please?
    est-ce que ça vous ennuyerait de ne pas fumer s'il vous plaît?
    would you please be quiet
    un peu de silence s'il vous plaît
    would you be so kind as to leave?
    [formal]
    auriez-vous l'obligeance de partir d'ici? [formal]
  • 7 (used to attenuate statements) it would seem that he was right
    il semblerait qu'il avait raison
    so it would seem
    c'est ce qu'il semble
    you would think they'd be satisfied with the results!
    on aurait pu penser qu'ils seraient satisfaits des résultats!
    I wouldn't say that
    je ne dirais pas ça
    I would have thought it was obvious
    j'aurais pensé que c'était évident
    I wouldn't know
    je ne pourrais pas vous le dire
  • 8 (when giving advice) I wouldn't do that if I were you
    je ne ferais pas ça à ta place or si j'étais toi
    I really wouldn't worry
    à ta place je ne m'en ferais pas
    I would check the timetable first
    tu ferais bien de vérifier l'horaire d'abord
    I'd give her a ring now
    tu devrais lui téléphoner maintenant
    wouldn't it be better to write?
    est-ce que ce ne serait pas mieux d'écrire?
  • 9 (expressing exasperation) ‘he denies it’—‘well he would, wouldn't he?’
    ‘il le nie’—‘évidemment!’
    of course you would contradict him!
    bien sûr il a fallu que tu le contredises!
    ‘she put her foot in it (informal)’—‘she would!’
    ‘elle a mis les pieds dans le plat (informal)’—‘tu m'étonnes!’, ‘c'est bien d'elle!’
  • 10 (expressing an assumption) what time would that be?
    c'était vers quelle heure?
    I suppose it would have been about 3 pm
    je pense qu'il était à peu près 15h 00
    being so young, you wouldn't remember the war
    étant donné ton âge tu ne dois pas te rappeler la guerre
    let's see, that would be his youngest son it would have been about five years ago
    ça devait être il y a environ cinq ans
    you'd never have guessed she was German
    on n'aurait jamais cru qu'elle était allemande
  • 11 (indicating habitual event or behaviour in past: used to) she would sit for hours at the window
    elle passait des heures assise à la fenêtre
    every winter the fields would be flooded
    tous les hivers les champs étaient inondés
    the children would be up at dawn
    les enfants étaient toujours debout à l'aube
  • 12 [formal] (if only) would that it were true!
    si seulement c'était vrai!
    would to God that …
    plût à Dieu que … (+ subj) [formal]

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