Past Conditional (Conditionnel Passé)
The conditional is a mood, which means that it serves to express the attitude or impression of the speaker. The past conditional is used to express hypothetical or "contrary to fact" statements: More often than not, the past conditional is used in si constructions expressing possible or hypothetical situations. These sentences follow a relatively inflexible pattern entailing a "si-clause" and a "result clause" (si + pluperfect followed by past conditional), cf.:  
See also Si-Constructions, Pluperfect (use).

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