Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb débouter

Introduction to the verb débouter

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The English translation of the French verb “débouter” is “to dismiss” or “to reject.” The infinitive form “débouter” is pronounced as [de-bu-te].

The verb “débouter” has its origins in the Old French word “desbouter,” which meant “to evict” or “to dislodge.” It comes from the combination of the prefix “des-” (meaning “undo” or “opposite”) and the verb “bouter” (meaning “to push” or “to drive”). In everyday French, “débouter” is commonly used in the imparfait tense to describe ongoing or repeated actions in the past.

Examples of “débouter” in the imparfait tense:

  1. Nous le déboutions chaque fois qu’il proposait une idée absurde.
    (We used to dismiss him every time he suggested an absurd idea.)

  2. Pendant des années, le juge déboutait systématiquement les demandes de l’accusé.
    (For years, the judge would systematically reject the defendant’s requests.)

  3. Tu déboutais toujours tes collègues lors des réunions.
    (You used to dismiss your colleagues during meetings.)

Please note that the translations provided are not literal but rather reflect the meaning and context of each sentence.

Table of the Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of débouter

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je déboutais Je déboutais l’accusé. I was dismissing the defendant.
tu déboutais Tu déboutais les témoins. You were dismissing the witnesses.
il déboutait Il déboutait la demande. He was dismissing the request.
elle déboutait Elle déboutait le plaignant. She was dismissing the plaintiff.
on déboutait On déboutait les arguments. We were dismissing the arguments.
nous débutions Nous débutions la procédure. We were starting the procedure.
vous déboutiez Vous déboutiez les avocats. You were dismissing the lawyers.
ils déboutaient Ils déboutaient les demandes. They were dismissing the claims.
elles déboutaient Elles déboutaient les requêtes. They were dismissing the requests.

Other Conjugations for Débouter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Débouter – 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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