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

Introduction to the verb créner

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
Je crénaî Je crénaî la pâte. I notched the dough.
Tu crénaîs Tu crénaîs le bois. You notched the wood.
Il créna Il créna les pierres. He notched the stones.
Elle créna Elle créna le métal. She notched the metal.
On créna On créna la surface. One notched the surface.
Nous crénâmes Nous crénâmes les planches. We notched the planks.
Vous crénâtes Vous crénâtes le papier. You notched the paper.
Ils crénèrent Ils crénèrent le tissu. They notched the fabric.
Elles crénèrent Elles crénèrent le cuir. They (feminine) notched the leather.

Other Conjugations for Créner.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb créner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Créner – 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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