Introduction to the verb cocotter
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The English translation of the French verb cocotter is “to flirt.” It is pronounced as “ko-koh-te.”
The origin of the word cocotter is uncertain, but it is believed to come from the word “cocote,” which means a pretty and coquettish woman in French.
In everyday French, cocotter is most often used in the Conditionnel Présent tense to express a hypothetical or possible action related to flirting. It is often used in a playful or teasing manner.
- Si j’étais célibataire, je te cocotterais sans arrêt. (If I were single, I would flirt with you all the time.)
- Ils seraient tellement mignons ensemble s’ils se cocottaient un peu. (They would be so cute together if they flirted a bit.)
- J’aimerais bien cocotter avec le serveur, mais mon copain pourrait mal le prendre. (I would like to flirt with the waiter, but my boyfriend might not like it.)
- If I were single, I would flirt with you all the time.
- They would be so cute together if they flirted a bit.
- I would like to flirt with the waiter, but my boyfriend might not like it.
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of cocotter
|Je cocotterais avec mes amis.
|I would flirt with my friends.
|Tu cocotterais plus.
|You would flirt more.
|Il cocotterait avec elle.
|He would flirt with her.
|Elle cocotterait souvent.
|She would flirt often.
|On cocotterait à la fête.
|One would flirt at the party.
|Nous cocotterions avec joie.
|We would flirt happily.
|Vous cocotteriez en secret.
|You would flirt in secret.
|Ils cocotteraient en ligne.
|They would flirt online.
|Elles cocotteraient pour amuser leurs amis.
|They would flirt to amuse their friends.
Other Conjugations for Cocotter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
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Cocotter – 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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