Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb ambiancer

Introduction to the verb ambiancer

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The English translation of the French verb “ambiancer” is “to liven up” or “to create an ambiance.” The infinitive form of “ambiancer” is pronounced as “ahm-bee-ahn-say.”

The word “ambiancer” originates from the French noun “ambiance,” which means “atmosphere” or “ambience.” It was derived from the Latin word “ambiens,” the present participle of “ambire,” meaning “to surround” or “to go around.” In everyday French, “ambiancer” is commonly used in the imparfait tense to describe ongoing or repeated actions in the past.

Here are three examples of how “ambiancer” is used in the imparfait tense, along with their respective English translations:

  1. Chaque soir, nous ambiancions la soirée avec de la musique entraînante.
    (Every evening, we used to liven up the party with upbeat music.)

  2. Quand j’étais jeune, mes parents ambiançaient toujours nos fêtes d’anniversaire.
    (When I was young, my parents always used to create an ambiance for our birthday parties.)

  3. Pendant les vacances, nous ambiancions la plage en organisant des jeux et des activités.
    (During the holidays, we used to liven up the beach by organizing games and activities.)

Note that the imparfait tense is used to describe past actions that were ongoing or repeated, setting the scene or providing background information. The translations provided above convey the same sense of ongoing or repeated actions in English.

Table of the Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of ambiancer

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je ambiançais J’ambiançais la fête. I was livening up the party.
tu ambiançais Tu ambiançais la soirée. You were livening up the evening.
il ambiançait Il ambiançait la piste de danse. He was livening up the dance floor.
elle ambiançait Elle ambiançait l’atmosphère. She was livening up the atmosphere.
on ambiançait On ambiançait la foule. We were livening up the crowd.
nous ambiancions Nous ambiancions le concert. We were livening up the concert.
vous ambianciez Vous ambianciez la salle. You were livening up the room.
ils ambiançaient Ils ambiançaient l’événement. They were livening up the event.
elles ambiançaient Elles ambiançaient la soirée. They were livening up the evening.

Other Conjugations for Ambiancer.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb ambiancer (You’re reading it right now!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

L’impératif Passé (Imperative Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb ambiancer

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

L’infinitif Passé (Infinitive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb ambiancer

Le Participe Présent (Present Participle) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb ambiancer

Le Participe Passé (Past Participle) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb ambiancer

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Ambiancer – About the French Imparfait Tense

The French imparfait tense, often called the imperfect tense in English, is used to describe actions or states in the past. It’s primarily used to provide background information, set the scene, or describe habitual or ongoing actions in the past.

NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see our article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Formation of the Imparfait Tense

To form the imparfait tense in French, you typically take the present tense nous form of the verb, drop the -ons ending, and add specific endings based on the verb group (regular -er, -ir, -re verbs) or use irregular forms for certain verbs.  

For regular -er verbs:

Take the infinitive form (e.g., parler, finir, rendre) Remove the -er ending Add the imparfait endings: -ais, -ais, -ait, -ions, -iez, -aient 

For regular -ir verbs

Take the infinitive form (e.g., choisir, grandir, finir) Remove the -ir ending Add the imparfait endings: -issais, -issais, -issait, -issions, -issiez, -issaient 

For regular -re verbs

Take the infinitive form (e.g., vendre, attendre, entendre) Remove the -re ending Add the imparfait endings: -ais, -ais, -ait, -ions, -iez, -aient

Common Everyday Usage Patterns

Description of Past Habits

The imparfait is often used to describe habitual actions or situations in the past. For example: “Quand j’étais enfant, je jouais au football tous les jours.” (When I was a child, I used to play football every day.) 

Background Information

It’s used to provide background information or set the stage for a main event in the past. For instance: “Il faisait beau ce jour-là.” (The weather was nice that day.) 

Mental and Emotional States

It’s employed to express emotions, thoughts, or physical sensations in the past. For example: “J’étais content quand il est arrivé.” (I was happy when he arrived.) 

Ongoing Actions

The imparfait describes actions that were in progress or happening when something else occurred in the past. For instance: “Je lisais un livre quand le téléphone a sonné.” (I was reading a book when the phone rang.)

Points to Note About the Imparfait Tense

Passé Composé vs. Imparfait

The imparfait and passé composé (a compound past tense) are often used together to express the completion of an action in the past (passé composé) and provide context or background (imparfait). For example: “Il regardait la télévision quand son ami est arrivé.” (He was watching TV when his friend arrived.) 

Conditional

The imparfait is used as the base for forming the conditional mood in French. For instance, “Je mangerais” (I would eat) is formed from “je mangeais” (I was eating). 

Si Clauses

In hypothetical or “if” clauses (si clauses), the imparfait is often used to express a condition in the past. For example: “Si j’avais de l’argent, j’achèterais une nouvelle voiture.” (If I had money, I would buy a new car.) 

Narration

In storytelling or writing, the imparfait is frequently used to set the scene and describe ongoing actions while the passé composé is used for specific events or actions that interrupted the ongoing ones.
Understanding the French imperfect tense is crucial for effective communication in French. Without it, your conversations will always live in the present!

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