EnglishMuffin_
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Hi everyone,

I have my oral next week and when I have speaking exams I tend to get really stressed, focusing all my attention on the question (because I'm afraid of mishearing/translating it wrong) which means my answers are almost always only in the present tense!!!

It's really frustrating because obviously it tanks my marks. But I find that dropping in easy-to-remember, flexible phrases (like "autant que je sache" and "si j'avais le temps, je voudrais..." really help me get all the tenses I need in.

Does anyone have any go-to, complex phrases that are easy to use from different tenses? Ones from the past and simple future would really help as Im struggling to think of some that are universally applicable.

Thanks!
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Try some of these, which use a range of tenses:

Il serait absurde de dire que...
Ce serait une erreur de croire que...
Quoi qu'il en soit (= be that as it may)
On devrait + inf
On aurait dû + inf
Il faudrait + inf / Il faudrait que + subj
Il aurait fallu + inf / Il aurait fallu que + subj
Je dirais (plutôt) que ...
D'autres diront que...
Après avoir + past participle / Après être + past participle
Ayant / Étant + past participle
On verra!
Le problème a pris une telle ampleur que...

The verb faillir is only ever used in the passé composé and means "to have nearly done sth" - eg J'ai failli tomber = I nearly fell.

Good luck with your exam!
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(Original post by Anna Schoon)
Try some of these, which use a range of tenses:

Il serait absurde de dire que...
Ce serait une erreur de croire que...
Quoi qu'il en soit (= be that as it may)
On devrait + inf
On aurait dû + inf
Il faudrait + inf / Il faudrait que + subj
Il aurait fallu + inf / Il aurait fallu que + subj
Je dirais (plutôt) que ...
D'autres diront que...
Après avoir + past participle / Après être + past participle
Ayant / Étant + past participle
On verra!
Le problème a pris une telle ampleur que...

The verb faillir is only ever used in the passé composé and means "to have nearly done sth" - eg J'ai failli tomber = I nearly fell.

Good luck with your exam!
These are really useful; thank you!
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