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"If I were in good health, I would be happy."

Translation:Si j'étais en bonne santé, je serais heureux.

November 3, 2017



Can someone explain what tenses are "étais" and "serais" in the sentence "Si j'étais en bonne santé, je serais heureux."?

I got the translation right because I knew it out of the blue but I want to understand the structure.


This is a typical construction for the conditional mood.

A main clause expressing the possibility: "je serais en bonne santé" with the verb in conditional present.

A subordinate clause expressing the condition with "si" and the verb in indicative imperfect.


Si j'aurais bien not accepted. Does that not mean the same?

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