French Sentence Structure – 3rd Conditional Si Clauses

I never would have talked to her about it if I had not believed that it was good news.Je ne lui en aurais jamais parlé si je n’avais pas cru que ce soit une bonne nouvelle. 

Comparing French and English Sentence Structure

It can be interesting to look at French sentences and their English translations while comparing the two. Once you have identified corresponding words, you will realize how many similarities there are French and English. You’ll also notice some big differences, and those are worth examining more closely. This one is kind of complicated, definitely upper level!




I = Je 

Lesson:  Subject pronouns


never = ne…jamais

Lesson:  Negation in 3 tenses


would have talked = aurais parlé

Lesson:  Past conditional


lui en = to her about it

Lesson:  French indirect object pronouns (LUI)

Lesson: French adverbial pronoun EN


si je n’avais pas cru = if I had not believed

Lesson: Plus-que-parfait

Lesson: 3rd conditional si clauses


que = that

Lesson: Relative pronouns


ce soit une bonne idée = it was a good idea

Lesson: French present subjunctive




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