Introduction to the verb bouder
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The English translation of the French verb bouder is “to sulk” or “to pout.” It is pronounced as “boo-deh”.
The word bouder comes from the Old French word “bodir” which means “to pout” or “to sulk.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is used to express a hypothetical or future action that is dependent on another action.
Three simple examples of bouder in the Conditionnel Passé tense are:
- Si tu avais gagné le match, je n’aurais pas boudé toute la soirée. (If you had won the game, I wouldn’t have sulked all night.)
- Nous aurions passé de bonnes vacances si tu n’avais pas boudé à chaque fois que je te proposais une activité. (We would have had a great vacation if you hadn’t pouted every time I suggested an activity.)
- Si elle avait écouté mes conseils, elle ne serait pas en train de bouder maintenant. (If she had listened to my advice, she wouldn’t be pouting now.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of bouder
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais boudé.
||I would have pouted at you.
||Tu aurais boudé plus tôt.
||You would have sulked earlier.
||Il aurait boudé à cause de sa sœur.
||He would have pouted because of his sister.
||Elle aurait boudé après son ami.
||She would have sulked at her friend.
||On aurait boudé tout le temps.
||One would have sulked all the time.
||Nous aurions boudé ensemble.
||We would have sulked together.
||Vous auriez boudé avec moi.
||You would have sulked with me.
||Ils auraient boudé à l’idée.
||They would have pouted at the idea.
||Elles auraient boudé contre lui.
||They (female) would have sulked at him.
Other Conjugations for Bouder.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouder
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Bouder – 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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