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

Introduction to the verb décoiffer

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The English translation of the French verb décoiffer is “to mess up someone’s hair” or “to dishevel”. It is pronounced “day-kwah-fey”.

The word décoiffer comes from the French prefix “dé-” meaning “un-” or “dis-” and the word “coiffer” meaning “to comb or style one’s hair”. It is often used in everyday French to describe someone’s hair being messy or unkempt, typically from wind or movement.

Examples:

  1. Je vais te décoiffer en jouant au foot. (I’m going to mess up your hair while playing soccer.)
  2. Ne me touche pas, tu vas me décoiffer! (Don’t touch me, you’re going to mess up my hair!)
  3. Les cheveux de ma sœur sont toujours décoiffés le matin. (My sister’s hair is always messy in the morning.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je décoiffe Je décoiffe mes cheveux. I mess up my hair.
tu décoiffes Tu décoiffes sa coiffure. You mess up her hairstyle.
il décoiffe Il décoiffe son chapeau. He messes up his hat.
elle décoiffe Elle décoiffe son look. She messes up her look.
on décoiffe On décoiffe la table. We mess up the table.
nous décoiffons Nous décoiffons la fête. We mess up the party.
vous décoiffez Vous décoiffez vos cheveux. You mess up your hair.
ils décoiffent Ils décoiffent son style. They mess up his style.
elles décoiffent Elles décoiffent ses cheveux. They mess up her hair.

Other Conjugations for Décoiffer.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb décoiffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Décoiffer – 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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