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

Introduction to the verb friponner

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The English translation of the French verb “friponner” is “to trick” or “to swindle.” The pronunciation of the infinitive form “friponner” is [fʀipɔne].

The word “friponner” comes from the Old French term “fripon,” which originally meant a beggar or a rascal. Over time, its meaning evolved to refer to someone who deceives or tricks others. In everyday French, the verb “friponner” is commonly used in the Passé Simple (Simple Past) tense when discussing past actions or events that occurred and ended in the past. However, it is important to note that the Passé Simple tense is mostly used in written French rather than in spoken language.

Here are three simple examples of “friponner” in the Passé Simple tense and their English translations:

  1. Il friponna ses camarades pour obtenir de l’argent.
    (He tricked his friends to get money.)

  2. Le vendeur friponna les clients en leur vendant des produits contrefaits.
    (The seller swindled the customers by selling them counterfeit products.)

  3. Elle le soupçonna de l’avoir friponnée dans l’affaire.
    (She suspected him of having tricked her in the deal.)

Please note that while the Passé Simple tense is still valid and used in literature, it is less common in contemporary spoken French.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
Je fripponnai Je fripponnai avec mes amis. I played tricks with my friends.
Tu friponnas Tu friponnas avec malice. You played tricks mischievously.
Il fripponna Il fripponna dans la rue. He played tricks in the street.
Elle fripponna Elle fripponna son frère. She played tricks on her brother.
On fripponna On fripponna les invités. One played tricks on the guests.
Nous fripponnâmes Nous fripponnâmes nos voisins. We played tricks on our neighbors.
Vous fripponnâtes Vous fripponnâtes la serveuse. You played tricks on the waitress.
Ils fripponnèrent Ils fripponnèrent le professeur. They played tricks on the teacher.
Elles fripponnèrent Elles fripponnèrent leur ami. They (feminine) played tricks on their friend.

Other Conjugations for Friponner.

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

Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb friponner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friponner – 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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