Introduction to the verb brailler
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The English translation of the French verb brailler is “to scream” or “to cry loudly.” The infinitive form, brailler, is pronounced “brah-yay.”
Brailler comes from the Old French word “brail,” meaning “to cry” or “to shout.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) tense to describe past actions or events.
Examples of brailler in the Passé Composé tense:
- J’ai braillé toute la nuit. (I screamed/cried loudly all night.)
- Tu as braillé quand tu as vu le film d’horreur. (You screamed when you saw the horror movie.)
- Nous avons braillé de joie en apprenant la bonne nouvelle. (We screamed/cried with joy when we heard the good news.)
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of brailler
||J’ai braillé toute la nuit.
||I cried all night.
||Tu as braillé après lui.
||You cried after him.
||Il a braillé de douleur.
||He cried in pain.
||Elle a braillé de colère.
||She cried in anger.
||On a braillé pour obtenir de l’aide.
||We cried out for help.
||Nous avons braillé de joie.
||We cried with joy.
||Vous avez braillé à tue-tête.
||You cried loudly.
||Ils ont braillé toute la soirée.
||They cried all evening.
||Elles ont braillé de tristesse.
||They cried in sadness.
Other Conjugations for Brailler.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb brailler
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Brailler – 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.
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).
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
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).
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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