Conditional Clauses – Exercises

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Exercise

Real Condition
Complete the sentences.

  1. Si (je/se perdre)  , je t’appellerai.[If I get lost, I’ll call you.]|si + verb in the present|The condition can still become real.
  2. Si (vous/aider/les voisins)  pour leur déménagement, vous devez m’aider aussi.[If you help the neighbours with their move, you should help me too.]|si + verb in the present|In the case of a real condition, we use the present tense.
  3. Si (tu/aimer/quelqu’un)  , il faut le lui dire.[If you love someone, you have to tell them.]|si + verb in the present|This condition could become real at any time, so we use the present.
  4. Si (vous/manger)  trop de bonbons, vous tomberez malades.[If you eat too many sweets, you will get sick.]|si + verb in the present|This condition could still become real in the future.
  5. S’(ils/manquer d’argent)  , ils savent à qui demander.[If they need money, they know who to ask.]|si + verb in the present|The condition can become real.

Unreal Condition (Present)
Complete the sentences.

  1. Si tu voulais, tu (pouvoir)  faire le métier de tes rêves.[If you wanted, you could have the job of your dreams.]|Imparfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel présent in the main clause.
  2. Si la Terre était carrée, nous (avoir)  un horizon pointu.[If the Earth were a cube, we would have a pointy horizon.]|si + imparfait; conditionnel présent in the main clause
  3. Si tu me (mentir) , je le saurais.[If you lied to me, I would know.]|Imparfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel présent in the main clause.
  4. Si vous (faire)  plus souvent la cuisine, vous connaîtriez les ustensiles.[If you cooked more often, you would be familiar with the appliances.]|Imparfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel présent in the main clause.
  5. Si Papa (apprendre)  cette bêtise, il (se fâcher) .[If Papa heard about this foolishness, he would be angry.]|Imparfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel présent in the main clause.

Unreal Condition (Past)
Complete the sentences.

  1. Si tu (me/appeler)  , je serais venu.[If you had called me, I would have come.]|Plus-que-parfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel passé in the main clause.
  2. Si je n’étais pas allée à la chorale, je (ne pas/rencontrer/Pierre)  Pierre.[If I hadn’t gone to chorus practice, I wouldn’t have met Pierre.]|Plus-que-parfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel passé in the main clause.
  3. Si les poules (pondre)  des œufs hier, nous aurions pu faire des crêpes.[If the chickens had laid eggs, we could have made crêpes.]|Plus-que-parfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel passé in the main clause.
  4. Si nous avions eu de la chance, nous (gagner)  la croisière.[If we had been lucky, we would have won the cruise.]|Plus-que-parfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel passé in the main clause.
  5. Si Gérard et Chantal (dormir)  plus longtemps, ils n’auraient pas eu d’accident.[If Gérard and Chantal had slept longer, they wouldn’t have had an accident.]|Plus-que-parfait in the dependent clause, conditionnel passé in the main clause.