Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler

Introduction to the verb désenfiler

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The English translation of the French verb désenfiler is “to unthread” or “to take off.” It is pronounced “day-zahn-feel-ay.”

The word désenfiler is derived from the prefix dés- meaning “to undo” or “to remove” and the verb enfiler meaning “to thread” or “to put on.” Together, they create the meaning of “to take off” or “to remove from a thread.”

In everyday French, désenfiler is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical or future action that would have been completed in the past. It is formed with the conditional form of the auxiliary verb avoir or être and the past participle of the main verb.

Here are three simple examples of its usage in the Conditionnel Passé tense with their respective English translations:

  1. Si j’avais réussi à désenfiler la robe, je l’aurais mise dans la machine à laver. (If I had managed to unthread the dress, I would have put it in the washing machine.)
  2. Nous serions partis plus tôt si nous avions désenfilé nos chaussures mouillées. (We would have left earlier if we had taken off our wet shoes.)
  3. Tu aurais pu m’aider à désenfiler le collier avant qu’il ne se casse. (You could have helped me unthread the necklace before it broke.)

Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of désenfiler

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je aurais désenfilé Si j’avais su, je l’aurais désenfilé. I would have taken it off.
tu aurais désenfilé Tu aurais désenfilé tes chaussures. You would have taken off your shoes.
il aurait désenfilé Il aurait désenfilé le collier. He would have taken off the necklace.
elle aurait désenfilé Elle aurait désenfilé sa robe. She would have taken off her dress.
on aurait désenfilé On aurait désenfilé les gants. One would have taken off the gloves.
nous aurions désenfilé Nous aurions désenfilé nos manteaux. We would have taken off our coats.
vous auriez désenfilé Vous auriez désenfilé vos chaussettes. You would have taken off your socks.
ils auraient désenfilé Ils auraient désenfilé leurs bijoux. They would have taken off their jewelry.
elles auraient désenfilé Elles auraient désenfilé leurs boucles d’oreilles. They (female) would have taken off their earrings.

Other Conjugations for Désenfiler.

    

    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler

    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler
     

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler  (this article)

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désenfiler


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Désenfiler – 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.

NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Formation

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

Conditional Present

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.) 

Conditional Future

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.)

Summary

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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