Introduction to the verb doigter
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The English translation of the French verb doigter is “to finger.” It is pronounced as “dwah-tee-ay” in the infinitive form.
Doigter comes from the Old French word “doigt” which means “finger.” In everyday French, it is most often used in the Conditionnel Présent tense, which expresses a hypothetical or possible action in the present or future.
Examples of doigter in the Conditionnel Présent tense:
- Si j’étais plus souple, je pourrais me doigter le dos. (If I were more flexible, I could finger my back.)
- Si tu avais un bon masseur, tu te ferais doigter les épaules. (If you had a good masseuse, you would get your shoulders fingered.)
- Si elle était plus détendue, elle se laisserait doigter les pieds. (If she were more relaxed, she would let her feet be fingered.)
- If I were more flexible, I could massage my back.
- If you had a good masseuse, you would get a shoulder massage.
- If she were more relaxed, she would let her feet be massaged.
Table of the Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of doigter
||Je doigterais mes cheveux.
||I would finger my hair.
||Tu doigterais la guitare.
||You would finger the guitar.
||Il doigterait la clé.
||He would finger the key.
||Elle doigterait le verre.
||She would finger the glass.
||On doigterait le papier.
||One would finger the paper.
||Nous doigterions le bois.
||We would finger the wood.
||Vous doigteriez la porte.
||You would finger the door.
||Ils doigteraient la peinture.
||They would finger the painting.
||Elles doigteraient les boutons.
||They would finger the buttons.
Other Conjugations for Doigter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter (this article)
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb doigter
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Doigter – 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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