Introduction to the verb affamer
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The English translation of the French verb affamer is “to starve.” It is pronounced as ah-fah-may.
Affamer comes from the Old French word “afamer,” which means “to famish.” It is derived from the Latin word “fame,” which means “hunger.”
In everyday French, affamer is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical past action. It is usually used to talk about a situation that could have happened in the past, but did not.
- Si j’avais mangé plus, je n’aurais pas été affamé. (If I had eaten more, I wouldn’t have been starving.)
- Ils auraient affamé les prisonniers s’ils n’avaient pas reçu d’aide. (They would have starved the prisoners if they hadn’t received help.)
- Tu aurais dû venir avec nous, sinon tu serais affamé maintenant. (You should have come with us, otherwise you would be starving now.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of affamer
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais affamé.
|If I had known, I would have starved you.
|Tu aurais affamé des animaux.
|You would have starved animals.
|Il aurait affamé le peuple.
|He would have starved the people.
|Elle aurait affamé ses enfants.
|She would have starved her children.
|On aurait affamé toute la ville.
|One would have starved the whole city.
|Nous aurions affamé le monde.
|We would have starved the world.
|Vous auriez affamé les invités.
|You would have starved the guests.
|Ils auraient affamé les prisonniers.
|They would have starved the prisoners.
|Elles auraient affamé leur famille.
|They (female) would have starved their family.
Other Conjugations for Affamer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affamer
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Affamer – About the French Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense
The French “Conditionnel Passé” is a compound tense used to express hypothetical or unreal actions in the past. It is formed by combining the conditional of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” and the past participle of the main verb.
Start with the conditional of the auxiliary verb: For most verbs, use “aurais” (for “avoir”) or “serais” (for “être”) as the conditional form.
With “avoir”: j’aurais, tu aurais, il/elle/on aurait, nous aurions, vous auriez, ils/elles auraient.
With “être”: je serais, tu serais, il/elle/on serait, nous serions, vous seriez, ils/elles seraient.
Add the past participle of the main verb to this conditional form.
For example, if you want to say “I would have done,” you would use “j’aurais fait.” If you want to say “She would have gone,” you would use “elle serait allée.”
Common Everyday Usage Patterns
Expressing Unreal Past Scenarios
The Conditionnel Passé is often used to talk about actions that did not happen in the past, but you are speculating about what would have occurred if they had. It’s a way to discuss hypothetical situations in the past.
Si j’avais su, je t’aurais aidé. (If I had known, I would have helped you.)
Il serait venu s’il avait eu le temps. (He would have come if he had had the time.)
Polite Requests or Suggestions
It can be used to make polite requests or suggestions in the past.
Pourriez-vous m’aider, s’il vous plaît ? (Could you have helped me, please?)
Expressing Doubt or Uncertainty
It can convey doubt or uncertainty regarding past events.
Il aurait peut-être oublié notre rendez-vous. (He might have forgotten our appointment.)
Interactions with Other Tenses
You can use the Conditionnel Passé in combination with the conditional present to describe past actions that were hypothetical at the time they were spoken about. J’aurais aimé que tu m’appelles hier. (I would have liked you to call me yesterday.)
Indicative Past Tenses
You might use the Conditionnel Passé alongside indicative past tenses like the passé composé to contrast hypothetical and real past events. Il est venu hier, mais s’il avait pu, il serait venu la semaine dernière. (He came yesterday, but if he could have, he would have come last week.)
In some cases, you can use the Conditionnel Passé in combination with the conditional future to discuss unreal past events that could have consequences in the future. Si j’avais réussi mon examen, j’aurais un meilleur travail. (If I had passed my exam, I would have a better job.)
In summary, the Conditionnel Passé is used to express hypothetical or unreal actions in the past. It is often used in conjunction with other tenses to convey various nuances in French, allowing speakers to discuss imaginary past scenarios, make polite requests, or express doubt about past events.
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