Introduction to the verb effiler
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The English translation of the French verb effiler is “to slice thinly” or “to shred.” The infinitive form of the verb is pronounced as “eh-fee-lay.”
Effiler comes from the Old French word “feler,” which means “to slice” or “to cut.” It was derived from the Latin word “filiare,” which means “to thread.” In everyday French, effiler is often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense to express a hypothetical or future action that would have been completed in the past.
Three simple examples of effiler in the Conditionnel Passé tense are:
- Si j’avais eu plus de temps, j’aurais effilé les légumes pour la soupe. (If I had had more time, I would have sliced the vegetables for the soup.)
- Elle aurait effilé ses cheveux pour changer de tête. (She would have shredded her hair for a change of look.)
- Nous aurions dû effiler les feuilles avant de les mettre dans la salade. (We should have thinly sliced the leaves before putting them in the salad.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of effiler
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais effilé.
|I would have trimmed you.
|Tu aurais effilé le tissu.
|You would have trimmed the fabric.
|Il aurait effilé les cheveux.
|He would have trimmed the hair.
|Elle aurait effilé les légumes.
|She would have trimmed the vegetables.
|On aurait effilé le fromage.
|One would have trimmed the cheese.
|Nous aurions effilé le ruban.
|We would have trimmed the ribbon.
|Vous auriez effilé les branches.
|You would have trimmed the branches.
|Ils auraient effilé le papier.
|They would have trimmed the paper.
|Elles auraient effilé les fleurs.
|They (female) would have trimmed the flowers.
Other Conjugations for Effiler.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb effiler
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Effiler – 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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