Introduction to the verb enchanter
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The English translation of the French verb “enchanter” is “to enchant” or “to charm.” It is pronounced as “ahn-shahn-teh.”
Enchanter comes from the Old French word “enchanter” which means “to enchant” or “to cast a spell.” It is derived from the Latin word “incantare” which means “to chant spells.”
In everyday French, the verb “enchanter” is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical or imaginary situation in the past. It is formed by using the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” in the Conditionnel Présent tense followed by the past participle of the verb.
Here are three examples of “enchanter” in the Conditionnel Passé tense with their English translations:
Si j’avais suivi mes rêves, j’aurais enfin réalisé mon rêve d’enfant : je serais devenu un magicien et j’aurais envoûté le monde entier. (If I had followed my dreams, I would have finally achieved my childhood dream: I would have become a magician and I would have enchanted the whole world.)
Si tu étais venue à la soirée, tu aurais rencontré le chanteur que tu admires tant. Tu aurais été enchantée ! (If you had come to the party, you would have met the singer you admire so much. You would have been enchanted!)
S’ils avaient suivi mes conseils, ils n’auraient pas perdu leur argent dans ce projet. Ils auraient été enchantés de voir leur argent fructifier. (If they had followed my advice, they would not have lost their money in this project. They would have been enchanted to see their money grow.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of enchanter
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais enchanté.
|I would have delighted you.
|Tu aurais enchanté plus tôt.
|You would have delighted earlier.
|Il aurait enchanté la foule.
|He would have enchanted the crowd.
|Elle aurait enchanté ses invités.
|She would have delighted her guests.
|On aurait enchanté tout le monde.
|One would have delighted everyone.
|Nous aurions enchanté nos voisins.
|We would have delighted our neighbors.
|Vous auriez enchanté le public.
|You would have delighted the audience.
|Ils auraient enchanté leur patron.
|They would have delighted their boss.
|Elles auraient enchanté leurs enfants.
|They (female) would have delighted their children.
Other Conjugations for Enchanter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb enchanter
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Enchanter – 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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