Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dégazoliner

Introduction to the verb dégazoliner

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The English translation of the French verb “dégazoliner” is “to remove gasoline” or “to drain gasoline.” The infinitive form “dégazoliner” is pronounced as “day-gah-zoh-lee-nay.”

The word “dégazoliner” is a combination of the prefix “dé-” (meaning “to remove”) and the noun “gazole” (meaning “gasoline”). Therefore, the verb refers to the action of removing or draining gasoline from a vehicle or container.

In everyday French, the verb “dégazoliner” is most often used in the imparfait tense to describe ongoing or repeated past actions related to removing gasoline. It can be used in various contexts, such as talking about mechanics, fueling stations, or maintenance activities.

Examples of its usage in the imparfait tense with their English translations:

  1. Chaque semaine, je dégazolinai mon ancienne voiture pour éviter les problèmes de moteur.
    (Every week, I used to remove gasoline from my old car to avoid engine issues.)

  2. Quand il travaillait à la station-service, il dégazolinait les véhicules avant de les réparer.
    (When he used to work at the gas station, he would drain the gasoline from the vehicles before repairing them.)

  3. Nous dégazolinions les tondeuses à gazon après chaque utilisation pour prévenir les fuites.
    (We used to drain the gasoline from the lawnmowers after each use to prevent leaks.)

Table of the Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of dégazoliner

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je dégazolinais Je dégazolinais le réservoir. I was degasolinizing the tank.
tu dégazolinais Tu dégazolinais la voiture. You were degasolinizing the car.
il dégazolinait Il dégazolinait le moteur. He was degasolinizing the engine.
elle dégazolinait Elle dégazolinait le camion. She was degasolinizing the truck.
on dégazolinait On dégazolinait les véhicules. We were degasolinizing the vehicles.
nous dégazolinions Nous dégazolinions les machines. We were degasolinizing the machines.
vous dégazoliniez Vous dégazoliniez les réservoirs. You were degasolinizing the tanks.
ils dégazolinaient Ils dégazolinaient les moteurs. They were degasolinizing the engines.
elles dégazolinaient Elles dégazolinaient les camions. They were degasolinizing the trucks.

Other Conjugations for Dégazoliner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dégazoliner – 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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