Introduction to the verb dévaliser
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The English translation of the French verb dévaliser is “to rob” or “to loot.” It is pronounced as “day-vah-lee-zay” in the infinitive form.
Dévaliser is derived from the French word “valise” which means “suitcase” or “traveling bag.” The prefix “dé-” indicates a negative or reverse action, so dévaliser literally means “to empty a suitcase.” However, in modern usage, it is more commonly used to mean “to rob” or “to loot.”
In everyday French, dévaliser is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical or possible action that would have happened in the past. It is formed by using the conditional form of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” followed by the past participle of dévaliser.
Here are 3 simple examples of dévaliser used in the Conditionnel Passé tense with their English translations:
- Si j’avais eu plus de temps, j’aurais dévalisé cette bijouterie. (If I had had more time, I would have robbed this jewelry store.)
- Ils seraient tous en prison s’ils avaient dévalisé cette banque. (They would all be in jail if they had robbed that bank.)
- J’aurais dévalisé ce magasin si je n’avais pas été arrêté par la police. (I would have looted this store if I hadn’t been stopped by the police.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of dévaliser
|Si j’avais plus d’argent, je t’aurais dévalisé.
|I would have robbed you if I had more money.
|Tu aurais dévalisé la banque.
|You would have robbed the bank.
|Il aurait dévalisé le magasin.
|He would have looted the store.
|Elle aurait dévalisé la bijouterie.
|She would have looted the jewelry store.
|On aurait dévalisé la supérette.
|One would have robbed the convenience store.
|Nous aurions dévalisé le musée.
|We would have looted the museum.
|Vous auriez dévalisé la maison.
|You would have burglarized the house.
|Ils auraient dévalisé le train.
|They would have robbed the train.
|Elles auraient dévalisé le magasin.
|They (female) would have looted the store.
Other Conjugations for Dévaliser.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dévaliser
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Dévaliser – 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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