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Conditional, future


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Conditional and future are often associated in French. Why? Because Future means it is certain, meanwhile Conditional is often used for uncertain Future. See, let me explain.

You are sure the person will sing dressed in red, so, in French, you would say : "Elle (She) chantera (will sing) avec une robe rouge (with a red dress)". After all, you are certain about that! And a red dress is a good choice, eh?

Well, but you aren't sure the song the singer will sing. So, you could say : "Elle (She) chanterait (may sing) du rock (rock)".  See the difference? Firstly, the former is sure, the latter is conditional. As well, you have more letters in the conditional form (-ait for conditional, -a for future).

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