Introduction to the verb branler
The English translation of the French verb branler is “to shake” or “to wobble.” The infinitive form of branler is pronounced “bran-lay.”
The word branler comes from the Old French verb brailler, which means “to bellow” or “to cry out.” Over time, the meaning of branler shifted to refer to a physical shaking or wobbling motion.
In everyday French, the verb branler is most often used in the Futur Simple tense to express a future action that will be carried out in a shaky or unstable manner. It can also be used to describe a figurative shaking or uncertainty.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in the Futur Simple tense:
Je branlerai la table pour voir si elle est solide. (I will shake the table to see if it’s sturdy.)
Tu branleras sur tes jambes si tu continues à boire autant. (You will wobble on your legs if you keep drinking that much.)
Ils branleront des branches pour faire tomber les fruits. (They will shake the branches to make the fruits fall.)
I will shake the table to see if it’s sturdy.
You will wobble on your legs if you keep drinking that much.
They will shake the branches to make the fruits fall.
Table of the Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of branler
|Je branlerai la table.
|I will shake the table.
|Tu branleras les branches.
|You will shake the branches.
|Il branlera sa tête.
|He will shake his head.
|Elle branlera les clés.
|She will shake the keys.
|On branlera le bébé.
|One/We will rock the baby.
|Nous branlerons les épaules.
|We will shrug our shoulders.
|Vous branlerez les pieds.
|You will shake your feet.
|Ils branleront les hanches.
|They will sway their hips.
|Elles branleront les jambes.
|They will shake their legs.
Other Conjugations for Branler.
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Branler – About the French Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense
Formation of Futur Simple
For regular -er verbs (e.g., parler – to speak)
For regular -ir verbs (e.g., finir – to finish)
For regular -re verbs (e.g., vendre – to sell)
Common Everyday Usage Patterns
Interactions with Other Tenses
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