Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb arsouiller

Introduction to the verb arsouiller

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The English translation of the French verb “arsouiller” is “to go on a drinking spree” or “to get drunk.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “ahr-soo-yay.”

The verb “arsouiller” originated from the French slang “argot” and is commonly used in everyday French to describe someone getting very drunk or excessively consuming alcohol. It is often used in informal or colloquial contexts.

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

  1. Chaque weekend, il arsouillait avec ses amis.
    (Every weekend, he would go on a drinking spree with his friends.)

  2. Quand j’étais étudiant, nous arsouillions souvent après les cours.
    (When I was a student, we would often get drunk after classes.)

  3. Les jeunes se réunissaient dans ce bar et arsouillaient jusqu’au petit matin.
    (The young people would gather in this bar and get drunk until the early morning.)

Note: The translations provided are approximate, as the imparfait tense can have different nuances in English depending on the context.

Table of the Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of arsouiller

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je arsouillais J’arsouillais souvent. I used to get drunk often.
tu arsouillais Tu arsouillais avec tes amis. You used to get drunk with your friends.
il arsouillait Il arsouillait tous les soirs. He used to get drunk every night.
elle arsouillait Elle arsouillait sans modération. She used to get drunk without moderation.
on arsouillait On arsouillait ensemble. We used to get drunk together.
nous arsouillions Nous arsouillions en vacances. We used to get drunk on vacation.
vous arsouilliez Vous arsouilliez beaucoup. You used to get drunk a lot.
ils arsouillaient Ils arsouillaient tout le temps. They used to get drunk all the time.
elles arsouillaient Elles arsouillaient à la fête. They used to get drunk at the party.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arsouiller – 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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