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

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The English translation of the French verb blackbouler is “to blacklist” or “to reject.” It is pronounced “blak-boo-leh” in its infinitive form.

The word blackbouler comes from the combination of the word “black” which means “blacklist” and the verb “bouler” which means “to bowl” or “to roll.” This verb originated in the early 20th century and was used in the context of the game of bowling, where a black ball was used to knock down pins. It was later used figuratively to refer to the act of rejecting someone or something.

In everyday French in the L’infinitif Présent tense, blackbouler is most often used to describe the act of excluding or rejecting someone or something. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense with their respective English translations:

  1. Je ne veux pas être blackboulé de cette réunion. (I don’t want to be excluded from this meeting.)

  2. Ils ont blackboulé mon entrée au club. (They rejected my membership to the club.)

  3. Les étudiants ont blackboulé le directeur pour son manque de soutien. (The students blacklisted the principal for his lack of support.)

Table of the L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of blackbouler

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je blackboule Je blackboule les mauvais candidats. I blackball the bad candidates.
tu blackboules Tu blackboules souvent. You blackball often.
il blackboule Il blackboule le joueur. He blackballs the player.
elle blackboule Elle blackboule les gens qu’elle n’aime pas. She blackballs people she doesn’t like.
on blackboule On blackboule ceux qui ne suivent pas les règles. We blackball those who don’t follow the rules.
nous blackboulons Nous blackboulons les membres qui ne participent pas. We blackball members who don’t participate.
vous blackboulez Vous blackboulez les idées nouvelles. You blackball new ideas.
ils blackboulent Ils blackboulent les propositions de loi. They blackball bills.
elles blackboulent Elles blackboulent les candidats impopulaires. They blackball unpopular candidates.

Other Conjugations for Blackbouler.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb blackbouler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb blackbouler  (this article)

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Blackbouler – About the French L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense

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The French “l’infinitif présent” (Infinitive Present) tense is not a true verb tense in the same way that the present, past, or future tenses are. Instead, it’s the base form of a verb, and it has several important uses and interactions with other tenses.

Forming the Infinitive Present

To form the infinitive present of a verb, you typically take the unconjugated form of the verb (the form you’d find in a French dictionary) and remove the ending. For regular verbs, you remove the -er, -ir, or -re ending, and you’re left with the infinitive. For example:
   – Parler (to speak)
   – Finir (to finish)
   – Vendre (to sell)

Common Everyday Usage Patterns

As a Verb’s Dictionary Form

The most common use of the infinitive present is to represent a verb in its base form. It’s the form you would find in a dictionary or verb conjugation table.

After Modal Verbs

When you use modal verbs like “pouvoir” (can), “vouloir” (want), or “devoir” (must), the verb that follows is in its infinitive form. For example:
     – Je veux manger. (I want to eat.)
     – Il peut parler français. (He can speak French.)

As an Imperative

In informal commands, the infinitive is often used. For example:
     – Ferme la porte. (Close the door.)

In Infinitive Clauses

In complex sentences, especially after certain conjunctions, the infinitive is used to express actions that are separate from the main verb. For example:
     – J’ai besoin de manger avant de partir. (I need to eat before leaving.)

Interactions with Other Tenses

Present Tense

The infinitive present can be used with the present tense to express ongoing actions or habitual actions. For example:
     – J’aime manger des croissants. (I like eating croissants.)

Future Tense

When combined with the future tense of “aller,” the infinitive present can express future actions. For example:
     – Je vais manger au restaurant demain. (I am going to eat at the restaurant tomorrow.)

Conditional Tense

The infinitive present is often used with the conditional to express actions that would happen in a hypothetical situation. For example:

     – Il mangerait s’il avait faim. (He would eat if he were hungry.)

Passé Composé

When forming compound tenses like “passé composé,” the auxiliary verb (être or avoir) is conjugated, and the main verb remains in its infinitive form. For example:
     – J’ai mangé une pomme. (I ate an apple.)
     – Elle est partie. (She left.)

Imperfect Tense

The infinitive present can be combined with the imperfect tense to describe ongoing or habitual actions in the past. For example:
     – Quand j’étais enfant, j’aimais jouer. (When I was a child, I liked to play.)

Subjunctive and Conditional Moods

In some complex sentences, the infinitive can be used with the subjunctive and conditional moods, especially when expressing uncertainty, possibility, or doubt.

Summary

The infinitive present in French serves as the base form of a verb and is used in various contexts, including after modal verbs, in imperative commands, in infinitive clauses, and in combination with other tenses to convey a wide range of meanings and actions. Its flexibility makes it a fundamental part of French grammar.

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