Introduction to the verb compliquer
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The English translation of compliquer is “to complicate.” It is pronounced “kom-plee-kay.”
Compliquer is derived from the Latin word “complicare,” which means “to fold together” or “to intertwine.” In everyday French, it is used to describe something becoming more complex or difficult. In the Passé Composé tense, it is used to describe something that has been complicated in the past.
Example 1: J’ai compliqué la situation en ne pas écoutant les instructions. (I complicated the situation by not listening to the instructions.)
Example 2: Les travaux ont compliqué la circulation dans la ville. (The construction work complicated the traffic in the city.)
Example 3: Elle s’est compliquée la vie en essayant de tout faire elle-même. (She complicated her life by trying to do everything herself.)
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of compliquer
||J’ai compliqué la situation.
||I complicated the situation.
||Tu as compliqué les choses.
||You complicated things.
||Il a compliqué son discours.
||He complicated his speech.
||Elle a compliqué sa vie.
||She complicated her life.
||On a compliqué la tâche.
||We complicated the task.
||Nous avons compliqué le processus.
||We complicated the process.
||Vous avez compliqué la décision.
||You complicated the decision.
||Ils ont compliqué les choses.
||They complicated things.
||Elles ont compliqué la situation.
||They complicated the situation.
Other Conjugations for Compliquer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb compliquer
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Compliquer – 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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