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

Introduction to the verb abécher

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The English translation of the French verb “abécher” is “to warp” or “to buckle.” The infinitive form “abécher” is pronounced as ah-bay-shay.

The verb “abécher” originates from the Old French word “bichier,” which means “to bend” or “to warp.” In everyday French, the verb “abécher” is primarily used in the Passé Composé tense (Present Perfect) to describe a past action or event that has caused something to warp or buckle.

Here are three simple examples of “abécher” in the Passé Composé tense, along with their English translations:

  1. J’ai abéché cette planche en la laissant trop longtemps sous la pluie.
    (I warped this board by leaving it out in the rain for too long.)

  2. Les fortes chaleurs ont abéché les volets en bois de ma fenêtre.
    (The heatwaves caused the wooden shutters of my window to warp.)

  3. Nous avons abéché le métal en le soumettant à une température élevée.
    (We warped the metal by subjecting it to high temperatures.)

In each example, the verb “abécher” is used to describe an action or event in the past that resulted in something becoming warped or buckled.

Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of abécher

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je ai abéché J’ai abéché le verre. I chipped the glass.
tu as abéché Tu as abéché la tasse. You chipped the cup.
il a abéché Il a abéché la assiette. He chipped the plate.
elle a abéché Elle a abéché le bol. She chipped the bowl.
on a abéché On a abéché le vase. We chipped the vase.
nous avons abéché Nous avons abéché le miroir. We chipped the mirror.
vous avez abéché Vous avez abéché la statuette. You chipped the figurine.
ils ont abéché Ils ont abéché la sculpture. They chipped the sculpture.
elles ont abéché Elles ont abéché la porcelaine. They chipped the porcelain.

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Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb abécher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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L’impératif Passé (Imperative Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb abécher

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

L’infinitif Passé (Infinitive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb abécher

Le Participe Présent (Present Participle) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb abécher

Le Participe Passé (Past Participle) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb abécher

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Abécher – About the French Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense

The French Passé Composé is a compound tense used to express actions or events that have been completed in the past. It is one of the most common past tenses in the French language and is typically used in everyday conversation to describe actions that occurred at a specific point in the past. The Passé Composé is constructed using an auxiliary verb (either “être” or “avoir”) and a past participle.

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

Formation of the Passé Composé

Set the auxiliary verb with either

“être” – used with a select group of verbs (mostly intransitive verbs of motion, reflexive verbs, and some others) or
“avoir” – used with most other verbs. 

Conjugate the auxiliary verb

If using “être,” you must conjugate it in the present tense according to the subject of the sentence. 
Je suis, Tu es, Il est, Nous sommes, Vous êtes, Ils sont 
If using “avoir,” conjugate it according to the subject as well: 
J’ai, Tu as, Elle a, Nous avons, Vous avez, Ils ont.  

Add the past participle

For regular -er verbs, remove the -er ending and add -é (e.g., “parler” becomes “parlé”). 
For regular -ir verbs, remove the -ir ending and add -i (e.g., “finir” becomes “fini”). 
For regular -re verbs, remove the -re ending and add -u (e.g., “vendre” becomes “vendu”). 
For irregular verbs, you’ll need to learn the past participles individually, as they don’t follow a regular pattern.

Common everyday usage patterns

Narrating Past Events

The Passé Composé is used to talk about specific actions or events that took place in the past. For example: “Hier, j’ai mangé une pizza” (Yesterday, I ate a pizza). 

Sequential Actions

When describing a series of actions in the past, the Passé Composé is used. For example: “D’abord, je me suis réveillé, puis je suis allé travailler” (First, I woke up, then I went to work). 

Describing Completed Actions

It’s used to emphasize that an action has been completed, often with a specific time reference. For example: “Elle a terminé son travail à 18 heures” (She finished her work at 6 p.m.). 

Interactions with other tenses

Imperfect Tense

The Passé Composé is often used in conjunction with the imperfect tense when telling a story or describing past events. The Passé Composé is used for specific actions that occurred, while the imperfect is used for background information or ongoing actions. 
For example: “Il pleuvait quand j’ai sorti mon parapluie” (It was raining when I took out my umbrella).

Conditional and Future Tenses

The Passé Composé is used as a reference point in complex sentences to establish the sequence of events in relation to future or conditional actions. 
For example: “Quand il est arrivé, je lui ai donné ton message” (When he arrived, I gave him your message). 

Summary

The French Passé Composé is an essential tense for talking about completed actions in the past in everyday conversation. It’s important to master the choice of auxiliary verb and the past participle conjugation for various verbs to use it effectively.

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