Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner

Introduction to the verb fredonner

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The English translation of the French verb fredonner is “to hum.” It is pronounced “fre-doh-nay.”

Fredonner comes from the French word “fredon,” which means “humming.” It is derived from the Latin word “frendere,” which means “to gnash or grind.”

In everyday French, fredonner is most often used in the Futur Antérieur tense to refer to a future action that will have been completed before another future action or time. It is formed with the future tense of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” and the past participle of fredonner.

Examples:

  1. Quand j’aurai fini de fredonner, je commencerai à écrire ma chanson. (When I have finished humming, I will start writing my song.)
  2. Ils seront partis avant que je n’aie fini de fredonner ma chanson préférée. (They will have left before I finish humming my favorite song.)
  3. J’espère que tu auras eu le temps de fredonner cette mélodie avant le concert. (I hope you will have had time to hum this melody before the concert.)

Note: In all of these examples, the Futur Antérieur tense is used to express an action that will be completed before a future time or action. The use of fredonner in this tense adds a sense of anticipation or preparation for the future action.

Table of the Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of fredonner

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je j’aurai fredonné J’aurai fredonné une chanson. I will have hummed a song.
tu tu auras fredonné Tu auras fredonné une mélodie. You will have hummed a melody.
il il aura fredonné Il aura fredonné une chanson. He will have hummed a song.
elle elle aura fredonné Elle aura fredonné une comptine. She will have hummed a nursery rhyme.
on on aura fredonné On aura fredonné en travaillant. One/We will have hummed while working.
nous nous aurons fredonné Nous aurons fredonné en cuisinant. We will have hummed while cooking.
vous vous aurez fredonné Vous aurez fredonné en marchant. You will have hummed while walking.
ils ils auront fredonné Ils auront fredonné en faisant du sport. They will have hummed while exercising.
elles elles auront fredonné Elles auront fredonné en se relaxant. They will have hummed while relaxing.

Other Conjugations for Fredonner.

   
    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner (this article)

    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner
   

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fredonner

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Fredonner – About the French Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense

The French futur antérieur tense is a compound tense used to express actions or events that will have occurred in the future before another action takes place. It is formed by using the future tense of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” (depending on the main verb) followed by the past participle of the main verb.
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Construction

1. For most verbs, use “avoir” as the auxiliary verb:
   – Subject + future tense of “avoir” + past participle
Example with the verb “manger” (to eat):
– J’aurai mangé (I will have eaten)
– Tu auras mangé (You will have eaten)
– Il/elle/on aura mangé (He/She/One will have eaten)
– Nous aurons mangé (We will have eaten)
– Vous aurez mangé (You will have eaten)
– Ils/elles auront mangé (They will have eaten)
2. For a select group of verbs, use “être” as the auxiliary verb. These are typically verbs of motion or state-changing verbs (e.g., aller, venir, naître, mourir, partir, etc.). The formation is the same, but the auxiliary verb is “être.”
Example with the verb “partir” (to leave):
– Je serai parti(e) (I will have left)
– Tu seras parti(e) (You will have left)
– Il/elle/on sera parti(e) (He/She/One will have left)
– Nous serons parti(e)s (We will have left)
– Vous serez parti(e)(s) (You will have left)
– Ils/elles seront parti(e)s (They will have left)

Common Everyday Usage Patterns

1. The futur antérieur is used to express an action that will be completed before a specific point in the future. For example:
   – Je partirai dès que j’aurai fini mon travail. (I will leave as soon as I have finished my work.)
   – Ils seront rentrés avant que la pluie commence. (They will have returned before the rain starts.)
2. It is often used with time expressions that indicate when the action will occur relative to another future action, such as “dès que” (as soon as), “avant que” (before), “une fois que” (once), etc.

Interactions with Other Tenses

– The futur antérieur tense is commonly used in combination with the future simple (futur simple) and other tenses to indicate the sequence of actions in the future. The futur antérieur typically refers to the action that will have been completed before another action takes place.

For example

– Quand tu auras terminé ton devoir, tu pourras sortir. (When you have finished your homework, you can go out.)
– J’irai te voir après que tu seras rentré. (I will visit you after you have returned.)

Summary

The futur antérieur tense is used to express completed actions in the future that will occur before another specified future action or event. It’s a crucial tense for describing the chronological order of events in French.

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