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

Introduction to the verb crier

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The English translation of the French verb “crier” is “to shout” or “to cry.” The infinitive form “crier” is pronounced as “kree-yay.”

The word “crier” comes from the Latin word “quiritare,” meaning “to shout” or “to call.” In everyday French, the Passé Simple tense (Simple Past) is rarely used in spoken language, but it is commonly found in written literature, historical accounts, or formal speeches.

Here are three examples of “crier” in the Passé Simple tense with their English translations:

  1. Il cria de joie lorsqu’il apprit la nouvelle.
    (He shouted with joy when he heard the news.)

  2. Les manifestants crièrent des slogans contre le gouvernement.
    (The protesters shouted slogans against the government.)

  3. L’entraîneur cria des ordres aux joueurs sur le terrain.
    (The coach shouted orders to the players on the field.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
Je criai Je criai très fort. I shouted very loudly.
Tu crias Tu crias de joie. You shouted with joy.
Il cria Il cria son nom. He shouted his name.
Elle cria Elle cria de peur. She shouted in fear.
On cria On cria au secours. One shouted for help.
Nous criâmes Nous criâmes de bonheur. We shouted with happiness.
Vous criâtes Vous criâtes très haut. You shouted very loudly.
Ils crièrent Ils crièrent de colère. They shouted in anger.
Elles crièrent Elles crièrent de douleur. They (feminine) shouted in pain.

Other Conjugations for Crier.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Crier – 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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