Introduction to the verb bigarrer
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The English translation of the French verb bigarrer is “to variegate” or “to mix colors”. It is pronounced as “bee-ga-ray”.
The word bigarrer comes from the Old French word “bigarre” which means “variegated” or “spotted”. It is most often used in everyday French in the Conditionnel Présent tense, which expresses a hypothetical or possible action.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, along with their English translations:
- Si j’avais plus de temps, je bigarrerais cette robe avec des couleurs vives. (If I had more time, I would variegate this dress with bright colors.)
- Tu aimerais mieux si nous bigarrions le mur avec différentes nuances de bleu? (Would you prefer it if we variegated the wall with different shades of blue?)
- Ils bigarreraient leur jardin avec des fleurs de toutes les couleurs s’ils en avaient les moyens. (They would variegate their garden with flowers of all colors if they had the means.)
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of bigarrer
||Je bigarrerai les murs.
||I would paint the walls.
||Tu bigarrerais le ciel.
||You would paint the sky.
||Il bigarrerait sa chemise.
||He would color his shirt.
||Elle bigarrerait ses cheveux.
||She would dye her hair.
||On bigarrerait la toile.
||One would paint the canvas.
||Nous bigarrerions la maison.
||We would color the house.
||Vous bigarreriez le paysage.
||You would paint the landscape.
||Ils bigarreraient les fleurs.
||They would paint the flowers.
||Elles bigarreraient les meubles.
||They would paint the furniture.
Other Conjugations for Bigarrer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bigarrer
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Bigarrer – 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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