Introduction to the verb attrister
The English translation of the French verb attrister is “to sadden” or “to upset”. The infinitive form is pronounced as “ah-tree-stay.”
The word attrister comes from the Old French term “attristier”, which is derived from the Latin word “attristare” meaning “to make sad”. It is most commonly used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, along with their English translations:
- J’avais attristé mon ami en lui disant la vérité. (I had saddened my friend by telling him the truth.)
- Elle avait attristé sa mère en refusant de venir en vacances avec elle. (She had upset her mother by refusing to go on vacation with her.)
- Ils avaient attristé tout le monde en annonçant leur départ. (They had saddened everyone by announcing their departure.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of attrister
|J’avais attristé mes parents.
|I had saddened my parents.
|tu avais attristé
|Tu avais attristé ton ami.
|You had saddened your friend.
|il avait attristé
|Il avait attristé son frère.
|He had saddened his brother.
|elle avait attristé
|Elle avait attristé sa soeur.
|She had saddened her sister.
|on avait attristé
|On avait attristé tout le monde.
|One had saddened everyone.
|nous avions attristé
|Nous avions attristé la famille.
|We had saddened the family.
|vous aviez attristé
|Vous aviez attristé votre voisin.
|You had saddened your neighbor.
|ils avaient attristé
|Ils avaient attristé leurs amis.
|They had saddened their friends.
|elles avaient attristé
|Elles avaient attristé leurs parents.
|They had saddened their parents.
Other Conjugations for Attrister.
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Attrister – About the French Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense
Common everyday usage patterns
Sequencing of past events
Hypothetical or reported speech
Interactions with other tenses
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