Introduction to the verb fanfaronner
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The English translation of the French verb fanfaronner is to brag or to boast. It is pronounced as “fahn-fah-ron-ay” in its infinitive form.
The word fanfaronner comes from the Old Provençal word “fanfarron” which means boaster. It was later adapted by the French language in the 16th century. In everyday French, fanfaronner is used to describe someone who boasts or brags about their achievements or possessions in an exaggerated and often obnoxious manner.
In the Passé Composé tense, fanfaronner is conjugated with the auxiliary verb “avoir” and the past participle “fanfaronné”. Here are three examples of its usage in this tense with their respective English translations:
- J’ai fanfaronné en racontant mes exploits sportifs. (I bragged while telling about my sports achievements.)
- Tu as fanfaronné à propos de ta nouvelle voiture de luxe. (You boasted about your new luxury car.)
- Il/elle a fanfaronné devant ses amis en parlant de son nouveau poste. (He/she boasted in front of his/her friends while talking about his/her new job.)
Table of the Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of fanfaronner
|J’ai fanfaronné devant mes amis.
|I bragged in front of my friends.
|Tu as fanfaronné à la soirée.
|You bragged at the party.
|Il a fanfaronné sur ses exploits.
|He bragged about his achievements.
|Elle a fanfaronné en classe.
|She bragged in class.
|On a fanfaronné devant le miroir.
|We bragged in front of the mirror.
|Nous avons fanfaronné sur nos succès.
|We bragged about our successes.
|Vous avez fanfaronné à la réunion.
|You bragged at the meeting.
|Ils ont fanfaronné de leur nouvelle voiture.
|They bragged about their new car.
|Elles ont fanfaronné sur leur voyage.
|They bragged about their trip.
Other Conjugations for Fanfaronner.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner (this article)
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb fanfaronner
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Fanfaronner – 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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