Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désindexer

Introduction to the verb désindexer

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The English translation of the French verb désindexer is “to delink” or “to decouple.” The infinitive form “désindexer” is pronounced as day-zin-dek-sey.

Désindexer is derived from the French word “index,” which comes from the Latin “indēx” meaning “indicator” or “sign.” It is formed by adding the prefix “dés-” (meaning “un-” or “de-“) to “indexer” (meaning “to index”). In everyday French, désindexer is commonly used in the imparfait tense to describe ongoing or habitual actions in the past.

Here are three examples of désindexer in the imparfait tense with their respective English translations:

  1. Je désindexais les prix tous les mois. (I used to delink the prices every month.)
  2. Tu désindexais les salaires de manière injuste. (You used to decouple the salaries unfairly.)
  3. Il désindexait les taux de change pour stimuler l’économie. (He used to delink the exchange rates to boost the economy.)

In these examples, désindexer is used to express recurring or continuous actions that took place in the past, often indicating a regular or habitual activity.

Table of the Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of désindexer

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je désindexais Je désindexais les pages. I was deindexing the pages.
tu désindexais Tu désindexais les liens. You were deindexing the links.
il désindexait Il désindexait les fichiers. He was deindexing the files.
elle désindexait Elle désindexait les images. She was deindexing the images.
on désindexait On désindexait les articles. We were deindexing the articles.
nous désindexions Nous désindexions les données. We were deindexing the data.
vous désindexiez Vous désindexiez les sites web. You were deindexing the websites.
ils désindexaient Ils désindexaient les vidéos. They were deindexing the videos.
elles désindexaient Elles désindexaient les documents. They were deindexing the documents.

Other Conjugations for Désindexer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Désindexer – 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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