Introduction to the verb coltiner
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The English translation of the French verb coltiner is “to carry” or “to haul.” It is pronounced “kohl-tee-nay” in its infinitive form.
The word coltiner comes from the Latin word “collocare” meaning “to place” or “to arrange.” In everyday French, it is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses an action that would have taken place in the past if a certain condition had been met.
- Si j’avais eu un chariot, j’aurais pu coltiner toutes ces valises moi-même. (If I had had a cart, I could have carried all these suitcases myself.)
- Nous aurions dû prendre un taxi plutôt que de coltiner nos sacs à dos pendant une heure. (We should have taken a taxi instead of hauling our backpacks for an hour.)
- Il aurait fallu que je me repose hier, maintenant je suis fatigué d’avoir coltiné ces sacs de courses tout l’après-midi. (I should have rested yesterday, now I’m tired from carrying these grocery bags all afternoon.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of coltiner
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais coltiné mes valises.
||I would have carried my suitcases for you.
||Tu aurais coltiné les courses avec moi.
||You would have carried the groceries with me.
||Il aurait coltiné les bagages.
||He would have carried the luggage.
||Elle aurait coltiné ses affaires toute seule.
||She would have carried her things by herself.
||On aurait coltiné tout le matériel.
||One would have carried all the equipment.
||Nous aurions coltiné les valises.
||We would have carried the suitcases.
||Vous auriez coltiné le matériel de camping.
||You would have carried the camping gear.
||Ils auraient coltiné les provisions.
||They would have carried the provisions.
||Elles auraient coltiné les valises.
||They (female) would have carried the suitcases.
Other Conjugations for Coltiner.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb coltiner
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Coltiner – 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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