What are the three SI clauses in French?
Types of ‘Si’ Clauses
- First conditional: Likely / Potentiel > Present or present perfect + present, future or imperative.
- Second conditional: Unlikely / Irréel du présent > Imperfect + conditional.
- Third conditional: Impossible / Irréel du passé > Pluperfect + conditional perfect.
How do you use SI in French?
Remember: si is used when stressing the opposite of what the other person is saying, if their comment or question is negative. If they were making a positive statement and you wanted to contradict them, use non instead. One word of warning. Si also means ‘if‘ in French.
Which tense is used with SI?
If an action is likely to happen, the present tense is used in the “Si” clause and either the present tense, future tense, or imperative (command form) is used in the result clause.
Does SI mean yes in French?
“Si” means “Yes” after a negative question or affirmation.
How do you write a Si clause?
They refer to the present, past, and future. These conditional sentences have two parts: the condition, or si clause, and the main or result clause which indicates what will happen if the condition of the si clause is met. The tense of the result clause depends on the tense of the si clause.
Which tense is used in a si clause when followed by the conditional?
In conditional sentences, si always means “if.” When si means “whether,” it may be followed by any tense, just as in English: Savez‐vous si elle travaillera demain? (Do you know if she will work tomorrow?)
Why do Parisians say Si instead of oui?
One of the first words you learn in French is the word for “yes,” oui, but sometimes si can also mean “yes” (as it does in Spanish and Italian). However, si only means “yes” in a very specific context: when someone is contradicting a negative question or statement.