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

Introduction to the verb filmer

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The English translation of the French verb “filmer” is “to film.” The infinitive form of “filmer” is pronounced as [feel-may].

The verb “filmer” originated from the French word “film” which means “film” in English. It is most often used in everyday French in the Passé Simple tense, which is the literary and formal past tense.

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

  1. J’ouvris mon sac et je filmai le paysage.
    (I opened my bag and filmed the landscape.)

  2. Elle entra discrètement dans la pièce et filma la scène.
    (She entered the room discreetly and filmed the scene.)

  3. Nous partîmes à la plage et nous filmâmes nos exploits sportifs.
    (We went to the beach and filmed our sports achievements.)

Please note that the Passé Simple tense is rarely used in spoken French and is mostly found in literature or formal writing. In spoken French, the Passé composé or Imparfait tenses are more commonly used to express past actions.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
Je filmai Je filmai la scène. I filmed the scene.
Tu filmas Tu filmas la vidéo. You filmed the video.
Il filma Il filma le paysage. He filmed the landscape.
Elle filma Elle filma le coucher de soleil. She filmed the sunset.
On filma On filma le concert. One filmed the concert.
Nous filmâmes Nous filmâmes le documentaire. We filmed the documentary.
Vous filmâtes Vous filmâtes la réunion. You filmed the meeting.
Ils filmèrent Ils filmèrent la scène d’action. They filmed the action scene.
Elles filmèrent Elles filmèrent le spectacle. They (feminine) filmed the show.

Other Conjugations for Filmer.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb filmer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Filmer – 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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