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

Introduction to the verb alpaguer

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The English translation of the French verb alpaguer is “to accost” or “to approach aggressively.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “al-pa-gué.”

The word alpaguer comes from the Old French word “alpaguer” which means “to claim or take possession of,” and is derived from the Latin word “alpax” meaning “a kind of cloak.”

In everyday French, alpaguer is often used in the Passé Composé tense to describe an action that has been completed in the past. It is commonly used in spoken language to express a sudden or unexpected encounter or confrontation.

Here are three simple examples of alpaguer in the Passé Composé tense, with their respective English translations:

  1. Hier soir, j’ai été alpagué par un mendiant dans la rue. (Last night, I was accosted by a beggar in the street.)
  2. Elle a été alpaguée par un homme qui l’a suivie jusque chez elle. (She was approached aggressively by a man who followed her home.)
  3. Quand j’ai pris le bus, j’ai été alpagué par un vendeur qui essayait de me vendre un téléphone portable. (When I took the bus, I was accosted by a salesman who was trying to sell me a cell phone.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je ai alpagué J’ai alpagué le voleur. I caught the thief.
tu as alpagué Tu as alpagué le chauffeur. You caught the driver.
il a alpagué Il a alpagué le suspect. He caught the suspect.
elle a alpagué Elle a alpagué le menteur. She caught the liar.
on a alpagué On a alpagué le fraudeur. We caught the fraudster.
nous avons alpagué Nous avons alpagué le coupable. We caught the culprit.
vous avez alpagué Vous avez alpagué le pickpocket. You caught the pickpocket.
ils ont alpagué Ils ont alpagué les voleurs. They caught the thieves.
elles ont alpagué Elles ont alpagué les tricheurs. They caught the cheaters.

Other Conjugations for Alpaguer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb alpaguer
   

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

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb alpaguer    (this article)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alpaguer – 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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