Introduction to the verb chienner
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The English translation of the French verb chienner is “to annoy” or “to bother.” It is pronounced “shee-eh-nay.”
The word chienner is derived from the French word “chien,” meaning dog. The suffix “-er” is added to the noun “chien” to form the verb “chienner,” which means “to behave like a dog,” or in other words, to be annoying or bothersome.
In everyday French, the verb chienner is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses actions that would have happened in the past if certain conditions had been met. This tense is formed with the conditional form of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” and the past participle of the verb.
Here are three simple examples of chienner in the Conditionnel Passé tense, with their respective English translations:
Si tu avais chiené moins, nous aurions pu finir à temps. (If you hadn’t annoyed us, we could have finished on time.)
J’aurais dû te dire de ne pas chienner avec mes affaires. (I should have told you not to bother with my things.)
S’ils avaient écouté mes conseils, ils n’auraient pas été chienner avec les voisins. (If they had listened to my advice, they wouldn’t have bothered the neighbors.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of chienner
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais chienné.
||I would have teased you.
||Tu aurais chienné plus tôt.
||You would have teased earlier.
||Il aurait chienné avec ses amis.
||He would have teased with his friends.
||Elle aurait chienné son frère.
||She would have teased her brother.
||On aurait chienné pendant la fête.
||One would have teased during the party.
||Nous aurions chienné notre professeur.
||We would have teased our teacher.
||Vous auriez chienné avec lui.
||You would have teased with him.
||Ils auraient chienné avec ses collègues.
||They would have teased with their colleagues.
||Elles auraient chienné entre elles.
||They (female) would have teased each other.
Other Conjugations for Chienner.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chienner
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Chienner – 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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