Les Temps Verbaux

This is a handy chart I created to map out French tenses chronologically, from left (the past) to right (the future).

  • The cloud above represents a hypothetical timeline for the conditional. Accordingly, the Past Conditional needs to be ‘left’ of the Present tense since it often stands for ‘regrets in the past’.
  • The Subjunctive arrow represents an ‘alternate timeline’ created by the use of emotions or coercion.

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Published by Valentin Duquet

PhD student, French Studies; University of Texas at Austin.