Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb antiparasiter

Introduction to the verb antiparasiter

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The English translation of the French verb “antiparasiter” is “to counteract parasites”. The pronunciation of the infinitive form “antiparasiter” is: ahn-tee-pah-rah-zee-teh.

The word “antiparasiter” is a compound verb in French, formed by adding the prefix “anti-” (meaning against) to the noun “parasite”. It is most often used in everyday French to refer to actions taken to fight against or prevent the presence of parasites.

In the imparfait tense, “antiparasiter” is used to describe ongoing or habitual actions in the past. Here are three simple examples of its usage in the imparfait tense, along with their English translations:

  1. Je prenais des médicaments pour antiparasiter mon chien.
    (I used to give medication to counteract parasites in my dog.)

  2. Tu antiparasitais tes plantes régulièrement.
    (You used to regularly counteract parasites on your plants.)

  3. Nous antiparasitions nos vêtements avant de partir en randonnée.
    (We used to treat our clothes to counteract parasites before going hiking.)

Note that the English translations may slightly vary based on the context.

Table of the Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of antiparasiter

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je antiparasitais J’antiparasitais mon chien. I was deworming my dog.
tu antiparasitais Tu antiparasitais tes plantes. You were treating your plants against parasites.
il antiparasitait Il antiparasitait le jardin. He was treating the garden against parasites.
elle antiparasitait Elle antiparasitait ses vêtements. She was treating her clothes against parasites.
on antiparasitait On antiparasitait nos animaux. We were treating our animals against parasites.
nous antiparasitions Nous antiparasitions la maison. We were treating the house against parasites.
vous antiparasitiez Vous antiparasitiez votre voiture. You were treating your car against parasites.
ils antiparasitaient Ils antiparasitaient leurs cultures. They were treating their crops against parasites.
elles antiparasitaient Elles antiparasitaient leurs chevaux. They were treating their horses against parasites.

Other Conjugations for Antiparasiter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Antiparasiter – 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.

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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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