Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb appréhender

Introduction to the verb appréhender

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The English translation of the French verb appréhender is “to apprehend” or “to understand.” The infinitive form, appréhender, is pronounced as ah-preh-ahn-deh.

The word appréhender originates from Latin “apprehendere,” which means “to seize” or “to comprehend.” In everyday French, appréhender is often used in the imparfait tense to express ongoing or repeated actions in the past.

Here are three simple examples of its usage in the imparfait tense along with their English translations:

  1. Je l’appréhendais tous les jours. (I used to apprehend him every day.)
  2. Tu appréhendais les mathématiques pendant ton enfance. (You used to have trouble understanding mathematics during your childhood.)
  3. Nous appréhendions le sujet avant l’examen final. (We were apprehending the subject before the final exam.)

Please note that the translations provided convey the general meaning of the sentences, but they may vary depending on the context.

Table of the Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of appréhender

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je appréhendais J’appréhendais le résultat. I was apprehensive about the result.
tu appréhendais Tu appréhendais de parler en public. You were apprehensive about speaking in public.
il appréhendait Il appréhendait les conséquences. He was apprehensive about the consequences.
elle appréhendait Elle appréhendait de prendre l’avion. She was apprehensive about flying.
on appréhendait On appréhendait la situation. We were apprehensive about the situation.
nous appréhendions Nous appréhendions le changement. We were apprehensive about the change.
vous appréhendiez Vous appréhendiez l’examen. You were apprehensive about the exam.
ils appréhendaient Ils appréhendaient d’être en retard. They were apprehensive about being late.
elles appréhendaient Elles appréhendaient la réaction de leurs parents. They were apprehensive about their parents’ reaction.

Other Conjugations for Appréhender.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Appréhender – 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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