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falloir, to have to & its meanings

Falloir means to have to. It can be conjugated in all the tenses and modes and can mean different things accordingly. Here are the most common ones.

  1. Il faut que je sois à Paris dans une heure. = I have to be in Paris in an hour.
  2. Il faudra que je sois à Paris demain. = I'll have to be in Paris tomorrow.
  3. Bien entendu, il a fallu que je sois à Paris quand tu as appelé et je t'ai raté. = Of course, I had to be in Paris when you called and I missed your call.
  4. Il fallait que je sois à Paris pour la conférence. = I had to be in Paris for the lecture.
  5. Il aurait fallu que je sois à Paris, mais je n'ai pas pu y aller. = I should have been in Paris, but I couldn't be there.
  6. Il aura fallu 3 ans avant que je n'arrive à Paris. = It took me 3 years to get to Paris.
  7. Il faudrait que je sois à Paris pour te voir. = I would have to be in Paris to see you.

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