Translation of would in French:

would

Pronunciation: /wʊd; wəd/

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  • 1 (expressing the conditional) it would be nice if everyone were there, wouldn't it? ce serait bien si tout le monde était là, n'est-ce pas? if he had more money, he'd buy a car s'il avait plus d'argent il achèterait une voiture we would have missed the train if we had left later si nous étions partis plus tard, nous aurions raté le train we wouldn't have succeeded without him nous n'aurions pas réussi sans lui
  • 2 (in indirect statements or questions) we thought he'd forget nous pensions qu'il oublierait did she say she would be coming? est-ce qu'elle a dit qu'elle viendrait? I wish he would be quiet! il ne pourrait pas se taire!
  • 3 (expressing willingness to act) she wouldn't listen to me elle ne voulait pas m'écouter he wouldn't do a thing to help us il n'a rien voulu faire pour nous aider they asked me to leave but I wouldn't ils m'ont demandé de partir mais j'ai refusé of course you would contradict him! bien sûr il a fallu que tu le contredises!
  • 4 (in requests) would you give her the message? est-ce que vous voulez bien lui transmettre le message? switch off the radio, would you? éteins la radio, tu veux bien? would you excuse me for a moment? excusez-moi un instant
  • 5 (expressing one's wishes) would you like something to eat? désirez-vous or voulez-vous manger quelque chose? I would like a beer je voudrais une bière we would like to stay another night nous aimerions rester une nuit de plus she'd have liked to stay here elle aurait aimé rester ici I wouldn't mind another slice of cake je prendrais bien un autre morceau de gâteau
  • 6 (offering advice) if I were you, I wouldn't say anything à ta place, je ne dirais rien it would be better to write il vaudrait mieux écrire it would be a good idea to wait ce serait une bonne idée d'attendre you would do well to check the timetable tu ferais bien de vérifier l'horaire
  • 7 (in assumptions) I would have been 12 je devais avoir 12 ans it would have been about midday il devait être à peu près midi
  • 8 (used to) she would talk for hours elle parlait pendant des heures

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