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Related Terms

Related Terms for Sequence of Tenses:

  • Sequence of Tenses: The grammatical rule that governs the choice of verb tenses in subordinate clauses based on the tense of the main clause.
  • Main Clause: The independent clause that expresses the main idea or action in a sentence and determines the tense to be used in the subordinate clause.
  • Subordinate Clause: The dependent clause that provides additional information or expresses a related action, and its tense is determined by the sequence of tenses rule.
  • Future Tense: Usually used in the main clause when the subordinate clause introduced by “si” is in the present: “Il achètera une voiture neuve s’il gagne à la loterie.” (He will buy a brand-new car if he wins the lotto.)
  • Conditional Tense: Usually used in the main clause when the subordinate clause introduced by “si” is in the imperfect”: “Nous ferions tous nos devoirs si nous avions plus de temps.” (We would do all our homework if we had more time.)
  • Past Conditional: Usually used in the main clause when the subordinate clause introduced by “si” is in the past perfect: “Ils seraient venus à l’heure s’ils n’avaient pas manqué le train.” (They would have arrived on time if they had not missed the train.)