Introduction to the verb cliqueter
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The English translation of the French verb cliqueter is “to click” or “to clack”. It is pronounced as “klee-keh-teh”.
Cliqueter comes from the French word “cliquetis” which means “rattling” or “clattering”. It is often used in the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) tense to describe a past action that has been completed or a repeated action in the past.
Examples of cliqueter in the Passé Composé tense:
- Hier soir, les sabots des chevaux ont cliqueté sur le pavé de la rue. (Last night, the horses’ hooves clicked on the pavement of the street.)
- J’ai entendu les clés cliqueter dans la serrure avant que la porte ne s’ouvre. (I heard the keys clicking in the lock before the door opened.)
- Les machines à écrire ont cliqueté toute la journée dans le bureau. (The typewriters clicked all day in the office.)
- Last night, the horses’ hooves clicked on the pavement of the street.
- I heard the keys clicking in the lock before the door opened.
- The typewriters clicked all day in the office.
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of cliqueter
||J’ai cliqueté des castagnettes.
||I clicked some castanets.
||Tu as cliqueté des clés.
||You clicked keys.
||Il a cliqueté des dents.
||He clicked his teeth.
||Elle a cliqueté des bijoux.
||She clicked jewelry.
||On a cliqueté des balles de ping-pong.
||We clicked ping-pong balls.
||Nous avons cliqueté sur le clavier.
||We clicked on the keyboard.
||Vous avez cliqueté des stylos.
||You clicked pens.
||Ils ont cliqueté des briquets.
||They clicked lighters.
||Elles ont cliqueté des talons.
||They clicked their heels.
Other Conjugations for Cliqueter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cliqueter
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Cliqueter – 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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