Introduction to the verb encelluler
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The English translation of the French verb encelluler is “to imprison” or “to lock up”. It is pronounced as “on-suh-lew-lay” in the infinitive form.
The language origin of encelluler can be traced back to the Latin word “cella” meaning “cell” or “prison cell”. It is most often used in everyday French in the Passé Composé tense, which is the equivalent of the present perfect tense in English. In this tense, encelluler is conjugated with the auxiliary verb “avoir” and the past participle “encellulé” to indicate an action that started and finished in the past.
Examples of encelluler in the Passé Composé tense:
- J’ai encellulé le voleur hier soir. (I imprisoned the thief last night.)
- Les rebelles ont été encellulés par les autorités. (The rebels were locked up by the authorities.)
- Tu as encellulé ton chien pour le protéger. (You locked up your dog to protect him.)
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of encelluler
|J’ai encellulé la lettre.
|I put the letter in a cell.
|Tu as encellulé le manteau.
|You put the coat in a cell.
|Il a encellulé le document.
|He put the document in a cell.
|Elle a encellulé les fichiers.
|She put the files in a cell.
|On a encellulé les preuves.
|We put the evidence in a cell.
|Nous avons encellulé les objets.
|We put the objects in a cell.
|Vous avez encellulé les outils.
|You put the tools in a cell.
|Ils ont encellulé les suspects.
|They put the suspects in a cell.
|Elles ont encellulé les criminels.
|They put the criminals in a cell.
Other Conjugations for Encelluler.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb encelluler
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Encelluler – 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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