Introduction to the verb entrevoûter
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The English translation of the French verb entrevoûter is “to enchant” or “to bewitch”. The infinitive form is pronounced “ahn-truh-voo-tey”.
The word entrevoûter comes from the French prefix “entre-“, meaning “between” or “among”, and the verb “vouter”, meaning “to cast a spell” or “to bewitch”. It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical action or event that may have happened in the past.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, with the respective English translations:
Si j’avais su que tu allais entrevoûter toute la ville, je ne t’aurais jamais laissé entrer dans notre maison. (If I had known that you were going to bewitch the entire city, I would have never let you enter our house.)
Nous aurions été heureux si elle ne nous avait pas entrevoûtés avec ses mensonges. (We would have been happy if she had not bewitched us with her lies.)
Les enfants auraient été terrifiés s’ils avaient été entrevoûtés par les sorcières de la forêt. (The children would have been terrified if they had been enchanted by the witches of the forest.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of entrevoûter
|Si j’avais su, je t’aurais entrevoûté.
|I would have bewitched you.
|Tu aurais entrevoûté plus tôt.
|You would have bewitched earlier.
|Il aurait entrevoûté sa victime.
|He would have bewitched his victim.
|Elle aurait entrevoûté ses ennemis.
|She would have bewitched her enemies.
|On aurait entrevoûté les passants.
|One would have bewitched the passersby.
|Nous aurions entrevoûté le monde.
|We would have bewitched the world.
|Vous auriez entrevoûté avec nous.
|You would have bewitched with us.
|Ils auraient entrevoûté leurs voisins.
|They would have bewitched their neighbors.
|Elles auraient entrevoûté leurs amis.
|They (female) would have bewitched their friends.
Other Conjugations for Entrevoûter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entrevoûter
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Entrevoûter – 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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