Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

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The English translation of the French verb “autoproclamer” is “to proclaim oneself” or “to declare oneself.” The infinitive form “autoproclamer” is pronounced as [oh-toh-proh-kla-mey].

“Autoproclamer” is a compound verb formed by combining the prefix “auto-” (meaning self) and the verb “proclamer” (meaning to proclaim). It is used to express the act of declaring or proclaiming oneself as something.

In everyday French, the Passé Simple (Simple Past) tense is rarely used in spoken language but is mainly found in formal writing, literature, or historical contexts. However, here are three examples of “autoproclamer” used in the Passé Simple tense, along with their English translations:

  1. Il s’autoproclama chef suprême de la rébellion.
    (He proclaimed himself the supreme leader of the rebellion.)
  2. Elle s’autoproclama experte en histoire de l’art.
    (She declared herself an expert in art history.)
  3. Ils s’autoproclamèrent rois de l’humour absurde.
    (They declared themselves kings of absurd humor.)

Table of the Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of autoproclamer

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
Je m’autoproclamai Je m’autoproclamai roi. I proclaimed myself king.
Tu t’autoproclamas Tu t’autoproclamas expert. You proclaimed yourself an expert.
Il s’autoproclama Il s’autoproclama président. He proclaimed himself president.
Elle s’autoproclama Elle s’autoproclama championne. She proclaimed herself champion.
On s’autoproclama On s’autoproclama gagnant. One proclaimed oneself the winner.
Nous nous autoproclamâmes Nous nous autoproclamâmes leaders. We proclaimed ourselves leaders.
Vous vous autoproclamâtes Vous vous autoproclamâtes responsables. You proclaimed yourselves responsible.
Ils s’autoproclamèrent Ils s’autoproclamèrent rois. They proclaimed themselves kings.
Elles s’autoproclamèrent Elles s’autoproclamèrent expertes. They (feminine) proclaimed themselves experts.

Other Conjugations for Autoproclamer.

Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer (You’re reading it right now!)

Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Conditionnel Passé II (Conditional Past II) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

L’impératif Passé (Imperative Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

L’infinitif Passé (Infinitive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Le Participe Présent (Present Participle) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

Le Participe Passé (Past Participle) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb autoproclamer

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Autoproclamer – About the French Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense

The French Passé Simple, also known as the Simple Past or Preterite, is a past tense used in written French to describe completed actions that took place at a specific point in the past.
It is not commonly used in everyday spoken language, where the Passé Composé is the preferred past tense. The Passé Simple is mainly found in literature, formal writing, and historical contexts. It has a somewhat limited use in modern French, and its conjugation can be complex.  
NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see our article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Formation

The Passé Simple is formed by conjugating the verb according to its specific endings for regular and irregular verbs. The endings typically vary based on the verb group (i.e., -er, -ir, or -re). For example:
   – For regular -er verbs (e.g., manger, parler): Remove the -er ending and add appropriate endings, like -ai, -as, -a, -âmes, -âtes, -èrent.
   – For regular -ir verbs (e.g., finir, choisir): Remove the -ir ending and add endings like -is, -is, -it, -îmes, -îtes, -irent.
   – For regular -re verbs (e.g., vendre, attendre): Remove the -re ending and add endings like -is, -is, -it, -îmes, -îtes, -irent.

Usage

Narration

The Passé Simple is commonly used in literature to describe past events in a narrative or storytelling context.

Historical Context

It can be used in historical writing or documents to discuss events that took place in the past.
Formal Writing
In formal or academic writing, especially in essays or reports, you might encounter the Passé Simple.

Interactions with other tenses

Passé Composé

In everyday spoken French, the Passé Composé is the go-to tense for describing completed actions in the past. The Passé Simple is not commonly used in spoken language and is often replaced by the Passé Composé.

Imparfait

While the Passé Simple focuses on completed actions in the past, the Imparfait is used to describe ongoing or habitual actions in the past. They can sometimes be used together to provide a more detailed past narrative. For example, “Il lisait un livre quand il reçut un appel.” (He was reading a book when he received a call).

Conditional and Subjunctive

The Passé Simple can also be found in the conditional and subjunctive moods in formal writing. For instance, “Il faudrait qu’il partît” (He should leave, subjunctive).

Summary

The French Passé Simple is primarily used in formal or literary contexts, and its conjugation can be quite complex. In everyday spoken French, the Passé Composé is the preferred past tense for describing completed actions.

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