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

Introduction to the verb décoffrer

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The English translation of décoffrer is “to remove the formwork”. The infinitive form is pronounced as “day-koh-freh”.

Décoffrer comes from the French word “coffrage”, which means “formwork” in English. The prefix “dé-” means “to remove” and the suffix “-er” indicates an infinitive verb form. Décoffrer is most often used in the construction industry, to refer to the process of taking down the temporary structures used to shape concrete or other building materials.

In everyday French, décoffrer is used in the L’impératif Présent tense to give commands or instructions. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, with their English translations:

  1. “Décoffrez ces poutres avant de couler le béton.” (Remove these beams before pouring the concrete.)
  2. “Décoffrez les murs le plus tôt possible pour éviter tout retard.” (Remove the walls as soon as possible to avoid any delays.)
  3. “Décoffrez soigneusement pour ne pas abîmer les nouvelles structures.” (Remove carefully so as not to damage the new structures.)

Table of the L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of décoffrer

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je décoffre Décoffre le cadre soigneusement. Take off the frame carefully.
tu décoffres Décoffres la porte avec précaution. Remove the door carefully.
il décoffre Il décoffre les planches. He removes the planks.
elle décoffre Elle décoffre les meubles. She unpacks the furniture.
on décoffre On décoffre tous les objets. We unpack all the objects.
nous décoffrons Décoffrons la voiture en premier. Let’s unpack the car first.
vous décoffrez Décoffrez les boîtes délicatement. Unpack the boxes carefully.
ils décoffrent Décoffrent le camion rapidement. They quickly unpack the truck.
elles décoffrent Elles décoffrent les affaires en commun. They unpack the shared belongings.

Other Conjugations for Décoffrer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb décoffrer
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb décoffrer  (this article)

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

   

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Décoffrer – About the French L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense

L’impératif Présent is a mood in the French language that is used to give commands, make requests, offer advice, or express a desire in the present tense. It’s a relatively simple tense and is used to address someone directly. Let’s dive into its usage, conjugation, and interactions with other tenses:
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Usage

Giving commands

You use l’impératif présent to give direct commands or orders. It is often used in informal and formal situations to tell someone to do or not do something. For example:

   – Mange ta soupe. (Eat your soup.)
   – Ferme la porte. (Close the door.)

Making requests

You can also use the imperative to make polite requests. In this case, it is a gentler way to ask someone to do something. For example:
  
   – Parle plus lentement, s’il te plaît. (Speak more slowly, please.)

Offering advice

It’s common to use l’impératif to give advice or suggestions:
   – Étudie bien pour ton examen. (Study well for your exam.)

Expressing desires

You can express your desires or wishes using the imperative:
   – Amuse-toi bien à la fête. (Have a good time at the party.)

Conjugation Formation

To form l’impératif présent, you need to use the base form of the verb without the subject pronoun (tu, nous, vous, etc.). The conjugation varies depending on the type of verb:
Regular -ER verbs (e.g., parler)
  – Tu: Parle (speak)
  – Nous: Parlons (let’s speak)
  – Vous: Parlez (speak)
Regular -IR verbs (e.g., finir)
  – Tu: Finis (finish)
  – Nous: Finissons (let’s finish)
  – Vous: Finissez (finish)
Regular -RE verbs (e.g., vendre)
  – Tu: Vends (sell)
  – Nous: Vendons (let’s sell)
  – Vous: Vendez (sell)
Irregular verbs (e.g., être, avoir, aller)
  – Tu: Sois (be), aie (have), va (go)
  – Nous: Soyons (let’s be), ayons (let’s have), allons (let’s go)
  – Vous: Soyez (be), ayez (have), allez (go)

Interactions with other tenses

L’impératif is used exclusively in the present tense and does not interact with other tenses in the same way as indicative or subjunctive moods. 
It’s used for direct commands and requests in the here and now. However, in more formal or written contexts, you might find the imperative used with expressions like “quand tu auras fini” (when you have finished) or “dès que tu seras prêt” (as soon as you are ready), which introduce a future action while maintaining the imperative mood for the main verb.
For example:
– Quand tu auras fini ton travail, viens me voir. (When you have finished your work, come see me.)
In this case, the imperative is used in conjunction with future actions, but it’s still employed for the main verb to convey a sense of directness or immediacy.

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