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Congratulations, my dear French learners you have already succeeded to understand this typical French expression! This is really quite impressive! However, you may wonder now: how can I concretely use this expression?
On the first hand, you should notice that this expression is definitely not frozen. Indeed, you have to take into account that you will need to put the verb at the right form and at the right tense. I am pretty sure that, right now, you are saying something like “Oh my god…”. Please my dear French learners, do not be afraid because it will definitely not be so hard to do. First of all, please notice that, most of the time, this expression will be at the present time in order to ask someone something in the moment. The second tense which is going to be the most employed with this expression will be the conditional. The point is that, here, this tense will permit you not to be too direct concerning your suggestion. Finally, you will also facing the imperfect tense concerning a question which could occur in the past. Perhaps you would ask me something like “…and what about the others tenses then?”. Do not worry because you will extremely rarely use them with this locution. Maybe you would have preferred a kind of summary? There is no problem, please take a look at the following table:
On the other hand, I do think it is very important for you to know that you could use this expression so as to ask several different persons. Indeed, you could also use this locution to ask someone concerning his own wishes or someone else’s wishes. I would add one personn’s wishes or several personns’ wishes. But please take a look at this other table. I guess this will be easier for you to understand:
“How could we use this expression?” & more precisions
This is the time to add some details concerning this very popular expression. If you are interested in French daily language (and then this type of expressions will be astonishingly useful) thus you would better know that:
Obviously, if you have any questions on this, please do not hesitate to contact me and/or to post it in the section below.
I wish you to have a good learning,
Matthieu -Rukmal- P