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

Introduction to the verb affectionner

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The English translation of the French verb affectionner is “to be fond of” or “to have affection for.” It is pronounced as “ah-fek-see-oh-nay” in its infinitive form.

The language origin of the word affectionner comes from the French noun affection, which means “affection” or “love.” It was first recorded in the late 18th century and is derived from the Latin word affectio, meaning “attachment” or “influence.”

In everyday French, the verb affectionner is most often used in the plus-que-parfait tense to express an action that was completed in the past before another past event. It is formed by using the auxiliary verb avoir or être in the imperfect tense, followed by the past participle affectionné.

Here are three simple examples of its usage in the plus-que-parfait tense with their respective English translations:

  1. J’avais affectionné ce livre depuis mon enfance. (I had been fond of this book since my childhood.)
  2. Il était affetionné à cette idée avant de la rejeter. (He had been attached to this idea before rejecting it.)
  3. Nous avions affectionné cette petite ville avant de déménager. (We had grown fond of this small town before moving away.)

Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of affectionner

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais affectionné J’avais affectionné cette musique. I had enjoyed this music.
tu tu avais affectionné Tu avais affectionné cette activité. You had enjoyed this activity.
il il avait affectionné Il avait affectionné ce livre. He had enjoyed this book.
elle elle avait affectionné Elle avait affectionné cette émission. She had enjoyed this show.
on on avait affectionné On avait affectionné cette ville. One had enjoyed this city.
nous nous avions affectionné Nous avions affectionné ce restaurant. We had enjoyed this restaurant.
vous vous aviez affectionné Vous aviez affectionné ce film. You had enjoyed this movie.
ils ils avaient affectionné Ils avaient affectionné cet endroit. They had enjoyed this place.
elles elles avaient affectionné Elles avaient affectionné cette chanson. They had enjoyed this song.

Other Conjugations for Affectionner.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affectionner
   

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

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

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

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

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb affectionner     (this article)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Affectionner – About the French Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense

The French “plus-que-parfait” tense is a past tense used to express actions or events that occurred before another past action or event. It is often translated to English as the “pluperfect” tense. The name “plus-que-parfait” literally means “more than perfect,” indicating that it is a tense used to describe actions that were completed before a specific point in the past.
NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Tense Formation

To form the plus-que-parfait tense, you typically use the auxiliary verb “avoir” (to have) or “être” (to be) in the imperfect tense, followed by the past participle of the main verb. Here are the conjugations for both auxiliary verbs:
1. With “avoir” as the auxiliary verb:
   – J’avais mangé (I had eaten)
   – Tu avais parlé (You had spoken)
   – Il/elle/on avait fini (He/She/One had finished)
   – Nous avions lu (We had read)
   – Vous aviez choisi (You had chosen)
   – Ils/elles avaient joué (They had played)
2. With “être” as the auxiliary verb (usually for intransitive verbs or verbs indicating a state):
   – J’étais parti(e) (I had left)
   – Tu étais arrivé(e) (You had arrived)
   – Il/elle/on était tombé(e) (He/She/One had fallen)
   – Nous étions resté(e)s (We had stayed)
   – Vous étiez né(e)(s) (You had been born)
   – Ils/elles étaient monté(e)s (They had gone up)

Common everyday usage patterns

Sequencing of past events

The plus-que-parfait is used to express a past action that happened before another past action. For example, “J’avais mangé avant qu’il ne soit arrivé” (I had eaten before he arrived).

Background information

It is also used to provide background information or set the stage for a main past event. For instance, “Quand je suis arrivé, ils avaient déjà fini de manger” (When I arrived, they had already finished eating).

Hypothetical or reported speech

In indirect speech, the plus-que-parfait is used to report what someone had said or thought in the past. For example, “Il avait dit qu’il viendrait demain” (He had said that he would come tomorrow).

Interactions with other tenses

– The plus-que-parfait is often used in conjunction with the passé composé (simple past) to establish the sequence of past events. The passé composé describes the more recent action, while the plus-que-parfait describes the action that occurred earlier.
– It can also be used with the conditional mood to express a hypothetical past event, like “Si j’avais su, j’aurais agi différemment” (If I had known, I would have acted differently).
– When used in reported speech, it can be combined with the conditional mood or the imperfect subjunctive to reflect the original mood and tense of the reported statement.

Summary

The French plus-que-parfait tense is an essential part of the language for expressing past actions that occurred before other past actions, providing background information, and reporting past statements or thoughts. It is an integral component of constructing complex and accurate narratives in French.

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