Introduction to the verb crevoter
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The English translation of the French verb crevoter is “to tire out” or “to exhaust.” It is pronounced “kreh-voh-teh.”
The word crevoter comes from the French word crever, meaning “to burst” or “to die.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Passé Composé tense, which is the equivalent of the Present Perfect tense in English.
Examples of usage in the Passé Composé tense with their English translations:
- J’ai crevoté après avoir couru un marathon. (I tired out after running a marathon.)
- Nous avons crevoté en faisant du jardinage toute la journée. (We exhausted ourselves while gardening all day.)
- Ils ont crevoté à force de travailler sans pause. (They tired themselves out from working without breaks.)
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of crevoter
|J’ai crevoté hier.
|I went crabbing yesterday.
|Tu as crevoté au bord de la mer.
|You went crabbing by the sea.
|Il a crevoté avec son père.
|He went crabbing with his father.
|Elle a crevoté dans la rivière.
|She went crabbing in the river.
|On a crevoté toute la journée.
|We went crabbing all day.
|Nous avons crevoté dans le marais.
|We went crabbing in the marsh.
|Vous avez crevoté près du port.
|You went crabbing near the port.
|Ils ont crevoté en famille.
|They went crabbing as a family.
|Elles ont crevoté dans la baie.
|They went crabbing in the bay.
Other Conjugations for Crevoter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crevoter
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Crevoter – 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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