I've recently been studying the:
-Simple Future; and
in French, and I'm wondering why the tenses are constructed in the way that they are.
For the imperfect, one conjugates the verb as though it were a normal present-tense verb, but just uses different endings (-ais, -ait, -aions, etc.)
For the simple future, the verb stems are modified and always end with a least one "r" for the stem, then the conjugation for avoir is added (largely) to each form accordingly.
For the conditional, one takes the verb stem of the simple future and then adds the conjugations for the imperfect tense.
Why is there such a strange combination for the conditional and how did the other tenses come to be with their conjugations and stems and whatnot?