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

Introduction to the verb déponer

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The English translation of the French verb “déponer” is “to depose” or “to remove from office”. The infinitive form of “déponer” is pronounced as “day-poh-nay”.

The verb “déponer” originates from the Latin word “deponere”, which means “to put down” or “to remove”. In everyday French, “déponer” is most often used in the Passé Simple tense (Simple Past) to describe past actions that are completely finished.

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

  1. Le gouvernement déposa le projet de loi devant le Parlement.
    (The government deposed the bill before the Parliament.)

  2. Le roi déposa le général de son poste militaire.
    (The king deposed the general from his military position.)

  3. Les actionnaires déposèrent le PDG de l’entreprise suite à la faillite.
    (The shareholders deposed the CEO of the company following bankruptcy.)

These examples illustrate how “déponer” is used to convey the act of removing someone or something from a position of power or authority.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
Je déposai J’ai déposé mon sac. I deposited my bag.
Tu déposas Tu déposas le livre sur la table. You deposited the book on the table.
Il déposa Il déposa une plainte. He filed a complaint.
Elle déposa Elle déposa son dossier. She submitted her file.
On déposa On déposa les clés à l’accueil. One left the keys at the reception.
Nous déposâmes Nous déposâmes nos affaires à l’entrée. We left our belongings at the entrance.
Vous déposâtes Vous déposâtes les documents au bureau. You deposited the documents at the office.
Ils déposèrent Ils déposèrent leurs valises à l’hôtel. They deposited their suitcases at the hotel.
Elles déposèrent Elles déposèrent les fleurs sur la tombe. They (feminine) placed the flowers on the grave.

Other Conjugations for Déponer.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb déponer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Déponer – 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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