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

Introduction to the verb bloquer

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The English translation of the French verb “bloquer” is “to block.” The infinitive form “bloquer” is pronounced as “blo-kay.”

The verb “bloquer” has its origin in the Latin word “bloccare,” meaning “to block.” In everyday French, it is often used to express the action of blocking or obstructing someone or something physically, emotionally, or metaphorically.

In the Passé Simple tense, which is mainly used in literature and formal writing, “bloquer” takes on the following conjugations:

  1. Example: Il bloqua la rue.
    English translation: He blocked the street.

  2. Example: Elle bloqua son téléphone.
    English translation: She blocked her phone.

  3. Example: Ils bloquèrent l’accès à la salle.
    English translation: They blocked access to the room.

These examples showcase the use of “bloquer” in the Simple Past tense, illustrating actions of physical or metaphorical blocking in different contexts.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
Je bloquai J’ai bloqué la porte. I blocked the door.
Tu bloquas Tu bloquas l’accès. You blocked the access.
Il bloqua Il bloqua la rue. He blocked the street.
Elle bloqua Elle bloqua le numéro. She blocked the number.
On bloqua On bloqua le passage. One blocked the passage.
Nous bloquâmes Nous bloquâmes la route. We blocked the road.
Vous bloquâtes Vous bloquâtes le site. You blocked the website.
Ils bloquèrent Ils bloquèrent l’entrée. They blocked the entrance.
Elles bloquèrent Elles bloquèrent la sortie. They (feminine) blocked the exit.

Other Conjugations for Bloquer.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bloquer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bloquer – 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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