Introduction to the verb briqueter
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The English translation of the French verb briqueter is “to brick up” or “to brick in.” It is pronounced as “bree-keh-teh.”
Briqueter comes from the noun brique, meaning “brick.” It is a regular -er verb, which means it follows the standard conjugation pattern for verbs ending in -er in French.
In everyday French, briqueter is most often used in the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) tense to describe an action that has been completed in the past. This tense is formed by using the auxiliary verb avoir (to have) followed by the past participle of the verb.
Examples of briqueter in the Passé Composé tense are:
- J’ai briqueté le mur hier. (I bricked up the wall yesterday.)
- Tu as briqueté la cheminée la semaine dernière. (You bricked in the chimney last week.)
- Ils ont briqueté la fenêtre la veille de Noël. (They bricked up the window the day before Christmas.)
In these examples, briqueter is used to describe the action of bricking up a wall, chimney, or window that has already been completed in the past.
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of briqueter
||J’ai briqueté le mur.
||I bricked the wall.
||Tu as briqueté la cheminée.
||You bricked the fireplace.
||Il a briqueté le sol.
||He bricked the floor.
||Elle a briqueté la clôture.
||She bricked the fence.
||On a briqueté la façade.
||We bricked the facade.
||Nous avons briqueté la maison.
||We bricked the house.
||Vous avez briqueté l’entrée.
||You bricked the entrance.
||Ils ont briqueté le mur.
||They bricked the wall.
||Elles ont briqueté la terrasse.
||They bricked the terrace.
Other Conjugations for Briqueter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb briqueter
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Briqueter – 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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