Introduction to the verb censurer
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The English translation of the French verb censurer is to censor. It is pronounced as “sahn-suh-ray”.
The word censurer has Latin origins, coming from the word censura, which means judgment or censorship. In everyday French, it is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which is the conditional perfect tense. This tense is used to express a conditional action that would have happened in the past.
Here are three simple examples of censurer in the Conditionnel Passé tense with their English translations:
- Si j’avais pu, j’aurais censuré cette scène de violence dans le film. (If I could have, I would have censored this violent scene in the movie.)
- Nous aurions été censurés si nous avions publié cet article à l’époque. (We would have been censored if we had published this article back then.)
- Est-ce que tu aurais censuré mes propos si je les avais exprimés lors de la réunion? (Would you have censored my words if I had expressed them during the meeting?)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of censurer
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais censuré.
||I would have censored you.
||Tu aurais censuré plus tôt.
||You would have censored earlier.
||Il aurait censuré le livre.
||He would have censored the book.
||Elle aurait censuré le film.
||She would have censored the movie.
||On aurait censuré cette information.
||One would have censored this information.
||Nous aurions censuré le documentaire.
||We would have censored the documentary.
||Vous auriez censuré les images.
||You would have censored the images.
||Ils auraient censuré les articles.
||They would have censored the articles.
||Elles auraient censuré leurs photos.
||They (female) would have censored their photos.
Other Conjugations for Censurer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb censurer
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Censurer – 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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