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

Introduction to the verb tamponner

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The English translation of the French verb tamponner is “to stamp” or “to pad”. The infinitive form of tamponner is pronounced “tahm-poh-nay”.

The word tamponner is derived from the French noun tampon, meaning “stamp” or “pad”. In everyday French, it is most often used in the context of stamping or padding something, such as a document or a wound.

Examples:

  1. J’ai dû tamponner mon passeport à la douane. (I had to stamp my passport at customs.)
  2. Le médecin a tamponné la blessure avant de la bander. (The doctor padded the wound before bandaging it.)
  3. Elle a tamponné toutes les pages du document avec son cachet. (She stamped all the pages of the document with her seal.)

Tamponner – About the French Present Tense

The French present tense, also known as “le présent,” is used to describe actions that are happening at the moment of speaking or for actions that are habitual, general truths, or that will occur in the near future. It’s the most basic and common tense in French.

To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see our article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Common Everyday Usage Patterns For Le Present

1. Describing Actions in the Present: The present tense is used to describe actions happening right now or at the moment of speaking. For example: “Je parle avec mon ami” (I am talking to my friend).
2. Expressing Habits and Routines: The present tense is used to talk about habitual actions or routines. For example: “Je travaille tous les jours” (I work every day).
3. Stating General Truths: The present tense is used to express general truths or facts. For example: “La Terre tourne autour du soleil” (The Earth orbits around the sun).
4. Talking about Near Future: The present tense can be used to express future actions that are very imminent or part of a planned schedule. For example: “Je pars demain matin” (I am leaving tomorrow morning).

Interactions with Other Tenses

Present vs. Future Tense: In some cases, the French present tense can be used to express the future when the context makes it clear that the action is imminent. However, for actions further in the future or less certain, the future tense is typically used.
Present vs. Past Tenses: To describe actions that occurred in the past, you would use the past tenses like the passé composé (compound past) or the imparfait (imperfect). The choice between these past tenses depends on the specific aspect and circumstances of the past action.
Present vs. Conditional Tense: The conditional tense is used to express actions that are dependent on a condition. If a condition is met, the action may happen. The present tense is used for actions in the present, while the conditional is used for hypothetical or future actions based on conditions.
Present vs. Imperative: The imperative mood is used to give commands or make requests. The present tense is used for general statements, and the imperative is used for direct orders or requests.
Understanding the French present tense and its interactions with other tenses is crucial for effective communication in French. Without it, you cannot become proficient!

Table of the Present Tense Conjugation of tamponner

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je tamponne Je tamponne mon passeport. I stamp my passport.
tu tamponnes Tu tamponnes le document. You stamp the document.
il tamponne Il tamponne le billet. He stamps the ticket.
elle tamponne Elle tamponne la carte. She stamps the card.
on tamponne On tamponne les dossiers. We stamp the files.
nous tamponnons Nous tamponnons les formulaires. We stamp the forms.
vous tamponnez Vous tamponnez les lettres. You stamp the letters.
ils tamponnent Ils tamponnent les passeports. They stamp the passports.
elles tamponnent Elles tamponnent les cartes d’embarquement. They stamp the boarding passes.

Other Conjugations for Tamponner.

   
    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb tamponner    (this article)

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb tamponner
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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