Introduction to the verb bâter
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The English translation of bâter is “to beat” or “to strike.” It is pronounced as “bah-ter” in the infinitive form.
The word bâter has a Latin origin, coming from the verb “battuere” which also means “to beat.” In everyday French, it is most commonly used in the Conditionnel Présent tense to express a hypothetical or uncertain action.
Examples of bâter in the Conditionnel Présent tense:
- Si j’avais une raquette, je bâterais mon frère au tennis. (If I had a racket, I would beat my brother at tennis.)
- Je voudrais bien te bâter aux échecs, mais malheureusement je n’ai pas le temps. (I would like to beat you at chess, but unfortunately I don’t have the time.)
- Si tu n’arrêtes pas de mentir, tu te feras bâter par tes parents. (If you don’t stop lying, you will get beaten by your parents.)
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of bâter
||Je bâterais mon cheval.
||I would saddle my horse.
||Tu bâterais le chien.
||You would harness the dog.
||Il bâterait le bœuf.
||He would yoke the ox.
||Elle bâterait les mules.
||She would pack the mules.
||On bâterait le cheval.
||One would saddle the horse.
||Nous bâterions la charrette.
||We would harness the cart.
||Vous bâteriez la vache.
||You would harness the cow.
||Ils bâteraient les ânes.
||They would saddle the donkeys.
||Elles bâteraient les chevaux.
||They would saddle the horses.
Other Conjugations for Bâter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bâter
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Bâter – About the French Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense
The French “Conditionnel Présent” tense, often called the present conditional tense in English, is used to express actions or events that are considered hypothetical, possible, or uncertain in the present or future. It’s the equivalent of “would” or “could” in English.
To form the Conditionnel Présent tense for regular verbs, you take the infinitive form of the verb and add the appropriate endings. For example, using the verb “parler” (to speak):
Je parlerais (I would speak)
Tu parlerais (You would speak)
Il/elle/on parlerait (He/she/one would speak)
Nous parlerions (We would speak)
Vous parleriez (You would speak)
Ils/elles parleraient (They would speak)
Note – For irregular verbs, the stem might change, so you need to memorize the conjugation.
Common Everyday Usage Patterns
Expressing Polite Requests
The Conditionnel Présent is often used to make polite requests or suggestions. Instead of using the imperative, which can be more direct, the conditional is softer and more courteous. For example: “Je voudrais un café, s’il vous plaît” (I would like a coffee, please).
Expressing Hypothetical Situations
It’s used to talk about hypothetical or unreal situations. For instance, “Si j’avais de l’argent, j’achèterais une nouvelle voiture” (If I had money, I would buy a new car).
Expressing Doubt or Uncertainty
The conditional can convey doubt or uncertainty about something in the present or future. “Il serait peut-être en retard” (He might be late).
Interactions with Other Tenses
The Conditionnel Présent is often used with the present tense to express hypothetical or conditional statements. For example, “Si tu viens demain, nous irons au cinéma” (If you come tomorrow, we will go to the movies).
The Conditionnel Présent can also be used with past tenses like the imparfait to indicate a past hypothetical action. For instance, “J’aurais aimé être là hier” (I would have liked to be there yesterday).
The Conditionnel Présent can be combined with the future tense to indicate future actions that are dependent on certain conditions. For example, “Il viendrait si tu l’invitais” (He would come if you invited him).
If you want to express a hypothetical action in the past that didn’t happen, you can use the Conditionnel Présent with the past participle to form the conditional perfect. For example, “Il aurait fini son travail s’il n’était pas tombé malade” (He would have finished his work if he hadn’t gotten sick).
The Conditionnel Présent is a versatile tense in French, allowing speakers to discuss possibilities, hypothetical scenarios, and make polite requests. It’s essential to understand its usage patterns and how it interacts with other tenses to communicate effectively in various situations.
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