Introduction to the verb calamistrer
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The English translation of the French verb calamistrer is “to curl (hair)”. The infinitive form is pronounced “kah-lah-mee-streh”.
The word calamistrer comes from the Latin word “calamistrare”, which means “to curl”. It is most often used in everyday French in the Passé Composé tense, which is the equivalent of the present perfect tense in English. This tense is used to talk about actions that have been completed in the past.
Examples of calamistrer in the Passé Composé tense:
- Je me suis calamistré les cheveux pour la soirée. (I curled my hair for the party.)
- Elle s’est calamistrée les cheveux avant le rendez-vous. (She curled her hair before the date.)
- Nous nous sommes calamistrés les cheveux pour le mariage. (We curled our hair for the wedding.)
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of calamistrer
||J’ai calamistré mes cheveux.
||I curled my hair.
||Tu as calamistré tes moustaches.
||You curled your mustache.
||Il a calamistré sa barbe.
||He curled his beard.
||Elle a calamistré ses cils.
||She curled her eyelashes.
||On a calamistré les tissus.
||We curled the fabrics.
||Nous avons calamistré nos cheveux.
||We curled our hair.
||Vous avez calamistré vos cheveux.
||You curled your hair.
||Ils ont calamistré leurs cheveux.
||They curled their hair.
||Elles ont calamistré leurs cheveux.
||They curled their hair.
Other Conjugations for Calamistrer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calamistrer
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Calamistrer – 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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