Introduction to the verb gabarier
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The English translation of the French verb gabarier is “to barge” or “to navigate a barge.” It is pronounced as “gah-bah-ree-ay.”
The word “gabarier” comes from the Old French word “gabarge” which means “boat” or “barge.” It is most commonly used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a hypothetical or possible action that could have happened in the past.
Here are three examples of the verb “gabarier” used in the Conditionnel Passé tense with their respective English translations:
Si j’avais eu mon permis de conduire, j’aurais pu gabarier le bateau le long de la rivière. (If I had my driver’s license, I could have barged the boat along the river.)
Tu aurais dû te méfier de la météo avant de gabarier le bateau sur le lac. (You should have checked the weather before bargeing the boat on the lake.)
Nous aurions pu gagner du temps en gabariant le chargement sur le canal. (We could have saved time by barging the cargo on the canal.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of gabarier
|Si j’avais le temps, je t’aurais gabarié.
|I would have gabbled at you if I had time.
|Tu aurais gabarié si tu étais là.
|You would have gabbled if you were here.
|Il aurait gabarié pendant des heures.
|He would have gabbled for hours.
|Elle aurait gabarié le matin.
|She would have gabbled in the morning.
|On aurait gabarié sans te déranger.
|One would have gabbled without bothering you.
|Nous aurions gabarié à la réunion.
|We would have gabbled at the meeting.
|Vous auriez gabarié avec nous.
|You would have gabbled with us.
|Ils auraient gabarié à haute voix.
|They would have gabbled out loud.
|Elles auraient gabarié toute la journée.
|They (female) would have gabbled all day.
Other Conjugations for Gabarier.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb gabarier
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Gabarier – 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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