Introduction to the verb désorbiter
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The English translation of the French verb désorbiter is “to unorbit” or “to deorbit.” The infinitive form of désorbiter is pronounced as “day-zor-bee-tay.”
The word désorbiter comes from the prefix “dé,” meaning “un-” or “de-” and the verb “orbiter,” which means “to orbit.” In everyday French, désorbiter is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical action that would have occurred in the past.
Here are three simple examples of désorbiter in the Conditionnel Passé tense, with their English translations:
- Si j’avais pu, j’aurais désorbité la fusée avant qu’elle ne s’écrase. (If I had been able to, I would have deorbited the rocket before it crashed.)
- Nous aurions désorbité la sonde spatiale si elle n’avait pas détecté de signes de vie. (We would have unorbited the space probe if it hadn’t detected signs of life.)
- Tu aurais dû désorbiter la navette spatiale avant qu’elle ne soit endommagée. (You should have deorbited the space shuttle before it was damaged.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of désorbiter
||Si j’avais eu le temps, j’aurais désorbité.
||I would have deorbited if I had the time.
||Tu aurais désorbité plus vite.
||You would have deorbited faster.
||Il aurait désorbité la navette.
||He would have deorbited the spacecraft.
||Elle aurait désorbité avant la mission.
||She would have deorbited before the mission.
||On aurait désorbité à un endroit différent.
||One would have deorbited at a different location.
||Nous aurions désorbité en utilisant la bonne méthode.
||We would have deorbited using the correct method.
||Vous auriez désorbité avec précision.
||You would have deorbited accurately.
||Ils auraient désorbité les satellites.
||They would have deorbited the satellites.
||Elles auraient désorbité avec succès.
||They (female) would have successfully deorbited.
Other Conjugations for Désorbiter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désorbiter
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Désorbiter – 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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