Introduction to the verb bâtonner
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The English translation of the French verb bâtonner is “to beat with a stick” or “to thrash.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “baa-toh-nay.”
The word bâtonner comes from the French noun “bâton,” meaning “stick” or “rod,” and the suffix “-er,” which is commonly used to form verbs in French.
In everyday French, bâtonner is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is the conditional past tense. This tense is used to express an action that would have taken place in the past if certain conditions had been met.
Here are three simple examples of bâtonner in the Conditionnel Passé tense with their English translations:
- Si j’avais été plus jeune, je t’aurais bâtonné. (If I had been younger, I would have beaten you.)
- Si tu avais étudié plus dur, tu n’aurais pas été bâtonné par ton professeur. (If you had studied harder, you wouldn’t have been beaten by your teacher.)
- S’ils avaient vu la vidéo, ils auraient bâtonné le voleur. (If they had seen the video, they would have beaten the thief.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of bâtonner
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais bâtonné.
|I would have beaten you.
|Tu aurais bâtonné plus fort.
|You would have beaten harder.
|Il aurait bâtonné ses adversaires.
|He would have beaten his opponents.
|Elle aurait bâtonné le ballon.
|She would have beaten the ball.
|On aurait bâtonné le sujet.
|One would have beaten the subject.
|Nous aurions bâtonné le jeu.
|We would have beaten the game.
|Vous auriez bâtonné avec eux.
|You would have beaten with them.
|Ils auraient bâtonné leurs ennemis.
|They would have beaten their enemies.
|Elles auraient bâtonné la piñata.
|They (female) would have beaten the piñata.
Other Conjugations for Bâtonner.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâtonner
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Bâtonner – 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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