Introduction to the verb chariboter
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The English translation of the French verb chariboter is “to quibble” or “to nitpick.” It is pronounced “sha-ree-boh-tay” in its infinitive form. The origin of chariboter can be traced back to the Medieval Latin word “caribare,” meaning “to haggle.”
In everyday French, chariboter 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” followed by the past participle of chariboter, which is “chariboté.”
Here are three simple examples of how chariboter is used in the Passé Composé tense in everyday French:
J’ai chariboté sur les détails du contrat. (I quibbled over the details of the contract.)
Tu as chariboté pendant des heures pour choisir la couleur de tes rideaux. (You quibbled for hours over choosing the color of your curtains.)
Il a chariboté avec sa mère au sujet de ses choix de carrière. (He quibbled with his mother about his career choices.)
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of chariboter
|J’ai chariboté avec mes amis.
|I messed around with my friends.
|Tu as chariboté en classe.
|You messed around in class.
|Il a chariboté pendant la réunion.
|He messed around during the meeting.
|Elle a chariboté avec ses sœurs.
|She messed around with her sisters.
|On a chariboté toute la nuit.
|We messed around all night.
|Nous avons chariboté dans le parc.
|We messed around in the park.
|Vous avez chariboté à la plage.
|You messed around at the beach.
|Ils ont chariboté en secret.
|They messed around secretly.
|Elles ont chariboté avec leurs copines.
|They messed around with their girlfriends.
Other Conjugations for Chariboter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chariboter
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Chariboter – 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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