Introduction to the verb cocotter
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The English translation of the French verb cocotter is “to flirt”. The infinitive form is pronounced as “koh-koh-teh”.
Cocotter comes from the French word “cocotte”, which means a flirtatious woman or a mistress. It originated from the Latin word “coquere” meaning “to cook”. In the 17th and 18th centuries, “cocotte” was used to refer to women who were skilled in seduction and manipulation, similar to how a chef skillfully cooks a dish. This eventually evolved into the verb “cocotter”, meaning to flirt or seduce in a playful manner.
In everyday French, cocotter in the Passé Antérieur tense is often used to talk about a flirtation or seduction that was completed in the past. It is typically used to describe a short and playful flirtation, rather than a serious one.
Here are three examples of cocotter in the Passé Antérieur tense:
- Elle eut cocotté avec tous les hommes de la soirée. (She had flirted with all the men at the party.)
- Nous avions cocotté pendant des heures avant de finalement nous embrasser. (We had flirted for hours before finally kissing.)
- Vous aviez cocotté avec lui pour obtenir une réduction sur le prix. (You had flirted with him to get a discount on the price.)
Table of the Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of cocotter
|I had cocotted
|Tu eusses cocotté
|You had cocotted
|Il eût cocotté
|He had cocotted
|Elle eût cocotté
|She had cocotted
|On eût cocotté
|One had cocotted
|Nous eûmes cocotté
|We had cocotted
|Vous eûtes cocotté
|You had cocotted
|Ils eurent cocotté
|They had cocotted
|Elles eurent cocotté
|They had cocotted
Other Conjugations for Cocotter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter (this article)
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocotter
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Cocotter – About the French Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense
The French Passé Antérieur tense, often referred to as the “past anterior” in English, is a literary and formal past tense that is not commonly used in everyday spoken French. It is primarily found in written language, particularly in literature, historical texts, and formal writing. This tense is used to express actions that occurred before another action in the past, serving a similar purpose to the past perfect tense (passé composé) in English.
Formation of the Passé Antérieur
The Passé Antérieur is formed by using the third person singular of the passé simple (simple past) tense of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être,” followed by the past participle of the main verb.
The choice between “avoir” and “être” as the auxiliary verb depends on the main verb and its transitivity or intransitivity. Here is the basic structure:
1. For verbs that use “avoir” as the auxiliary verb:
– J’eus (I had) + past participle (of the main verb)
2. For verbs that use “être” as the auxiliary verb:
– Je fus (I was) + past participle (of the main verb)
Common Usage Patterns
As mentioned earlier, the Passé Antérieur is primarily used in formal and literary contexts. It is rarely used in everyday spoken French, where the passé composé and imparfait are more commonly used to express past actions. Some common patterns of usage include:
The Passé Antérieur is frequently used in literature to describe past events in a succinct and formal manner.
It is used in historical narratives to recount past actions and events.
In formal and academic writing, the Passé Antérieur can be employed to convey events in the past with a sense of formality and precision.
Interactions with Other Tenses
The Passé Antérieur often interacts with other tenses, especially when narrating past events in a chronological order:
Passé Composé (Present Perfect)
The Passé Antérieur can be used to indicate an action that occurred before another action expressed in the passé composé. For example: “Il eut terminé son travail avant que je ne sois arrivé.” (He had finished his work before I arrived).
The Passé Antérieur may be used in conjunction with the imparfait to convey a sequence of past actions. For instance: “Elle arriva après que nous eûmes commencé.” (She arrived after we had started).
Futur Antérieur (Future Perfect)
In the context of storytelling or narration, the Passé Antérieur can be used to describe events that happened before a future action expressed in the futur antérieur. For example: “Il partira après qu’il aura fini.” (He will leave after he has finished).
Passé Antérieur is a formal past tense used in written language and literary contexts to describe actions that occurred before another action in the past. It is not commonly used in everyday spoken French where you should instead use the passé composé and imparfait for discussing past events.
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