Introduction to the verb calandrer
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The English translation of the French verb calandrer is to iron with a roller. It is pronounced “kah-lahn-dreh”.
The term comes from the word “calandre”, which refers to a metal roller used in the past to press and smooth fabric. The verb calandrer is most often used in everyday French in the Passé Composé tense, which is equivalent to the English Present Perfect tense.
Three simple examples of its usage in the Passé Composé tense are:
- J’ai calandré mes chemises hier soir. (I ironed my shirts last night.)
- Elle a calandré les draps avant de les ranger. (She ironed the sheets before putting them away.)
- Nous avons calandré nos vêtements pour le mariage. (We ironed our clothes for the wedding.)
In all three examples, the verb is used to express an action that was completed in the past and has a direct impact on the present. The use of the Passé Composé tense implies that the ironing is now finished and the clothes are now smooth and straight.
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of calandrer
||J’ai calandré le tissu.
||I rolled the fabric.
||Tu as calandré la feuille.
||You rolled the sheet.
||Il a calandré la pâte.
||He rolled the dough.
||Elle a calandré le linge.
||She rolled the laundry.
||On a calandré le papier.
||We rolled the paper.
||Nous avons calandré la pâte.
||We rolled the dough.
||Vous avez calandré le tissu.
||You rolled the fabric.
||Ils ont calandré la feuille.
||They rolled the sheet.
||Elles ont calandré le linge.
||They rolled the laundry.
Other Conjugations for Calandrer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb calandrer
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Calandrer – 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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