Introduction to the verb cocoter
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The English translation of the French verb cocoter is “to cackle” or “to gossip.” It is pronounced as “koh-koh-teh.”
Cocoter comes from the French word “cocotte,” which means “chicken.” This verb is often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical or possible action in the past.
Three examples of its usage in this tense are:
Si j’avais su, j’aurais cocoté sur lui toute la journée. (If I had known, I would have gossiped about him all day.)
Elle aurait cocoté avec ses copines si elle n’était pas tombée malade. (She would have gossiped with her friends if she hadn’t gotten sick.)
Nous aurions cocoté sur nos voisins si nous avions été plus curieux. (We would have cackled about our neighbors if we had been more curious.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of cocoter
||Si tu étais venue, j’aurais cocoté.
||If you had come, I would have gossiped.
||Tu aurais cocoté avec nous.
||You would have gossiped with us.
||Il aurait cocoté avec eux.
||He would have gossiped with them.
||Elle aurait cocoté tout l’après-midi.
||She would have gossiped all afternoon.
||On aurait cocoté à la fête.
||One would have gossiped at the party.
||Nous aurions cocoté de tout.
||We would have gossiped about everything.
||Vous auriez cocoté avec elle.
||You would have gossiped with her.
||Ils auraient cocoté sur leurs voisins.
||They would have gossiped about their neighbors.
||Elles auraient cocoté pendant des heures.
||They (female) would have gossiped for hours.
Other Conjugations for Cocoter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
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Cocoter – 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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