Subordinate clauses: if Phrases in French

Phrases (Subordinate clauses: if)

Learning subordinate clauses, including “if” phrases, in French is important for several reasons:

  1. Conditional statements: “If” phrases introduce conditional statements, which are used to express hypothetical or uncertain situations. By understanding and using “if” phrases, you can construct conditional sentences in French and convey ideas related to possibilities, hypothetical scenarios, or cause-and-effect relationships.
  2. Complex sentence structures: Subordinate clauses, such as “if” phrases, add complexity and depth to sentence structures.
French Subordinate Clause English Translation
Si tu viens, nous irons au cinéma. If you come, we will go to the cinema.
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Si tu as faim, mange quelque chose. If you’re hungry, eat something.
S’il fait chaud, je vais à la plage. If it’s hot, I go to the beach.
Si tu étudies, tu réussiras tes examens. If you study, you will pass your exams.
S’il y a du vent, je vais voler mon cerf-volant. If it’s windy, I will fly my kite.
Si tu m’aides, je terminerai plus vite. If you help me, I will finish more quickly.
S’il neige, nous ferons un bonhomme de neige. If it snows, we will make a snowman.
Si tu veux, nous pouvons aller au parc. If you want, we can go to the park.
S’il y a du trafic, nous serons en retard. If there is traffic, we will be late.
Si tu réussis ton examen, je serai fier de toi. If you pass your exam, I will be proud of you.
S’il te plaît, apporte-moi une tasse de thé. If you please, bring me a cup of tea.
Si tu pars maintenant, tu éviteras les embouteillages. If you leave now, you will avoid the traffic jams.
S’il fait beau, nous ferons une promenade. If the weather is nice, we will go for a walk.
Si tu le souhaites, je peux t’aider. If you wish, I can help you.
S’il y a des problèmes, n’hésite pas à me contacter. If there are any problems, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Si tu as besoin d’argent, je peux te prêter. If you need money, I can lend you some.
S’il est en retard, nous commencerons sans lui. If he is late, we will start without him.
Si tu me donnes ton adresse, je t’enverrai une carte postale. If you give me your address, I will send you a postcard.
S’il pleut demain, je prendrai mon parapluie. If it rains tomorrow, I will take my umbrella.

These examples demonstrate the use of “si” (if) to introduce subordinate clauses expressing conditions or hypothetical situations. They illustrate how “if” phrases can be used to discuss possibilities, make plans, express consequences, or analyze different scenarios in French.