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Sequence of tenses – La concordance des temps

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Quand je serai à Paris, je visiterai la Tour Eiffel.

Before tak La concordance des temps – sequence of tenses – you need know tenses and modes pretty well. You may find yourself pretty lost otherwise.

La concordance des temps – the sequence of tenses is the relationship between a verb in the main clause and the verb in its subordinate clause. It expresses the chronology between the two clauses. In French, just like in English, there is a correct sequence of tenses.

For instance, you have to say:

  • Si je faisais du français l’année prochaine, j’irais à Paris.
  • If I were to take French next year, I’d go to Paris.
  • Quand je serai à Paris, je visiterai la Tour Eiffel.
  • When I am in Paris, I’ll visit the Eiffel Tower.

And you can not say:

  • Quand je suis à Paris, je visiterai la Tour Eiffel.

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Practice in the boxes below, matching the number for the triggering clause with the letter for the subordinate clause.

Triggering clause Subordinate clause
Elle ne veut pas 1 A que nous irions à Nice.
Elles pensaient 2 B que l’examen aura été trop dur.
Il faudra 3 C que tu l’aides trop.
Ils trouveront 4 D que vous soyez plus calmes.
Je souhaiterais 5 E qu’elles aient fini leurs devoirs.

Match the number and the letter

1

2

3

4

5

 C

Solution - Answers

1

2

3

4

5

C

A

E

B

D

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