Introduction to the verb bégueter
The English translation of the French verb bégueter is “to babble” or “to prattle”. It is pronounced as “beh-get-ay”.
The word bégueter comes from the Old French word “begue”, which means “stammer” or “stutter”. It is most often used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense.
Examples of its usage in the Plus-que-parfait tense are as follows:
- J’avais bégueté toute la journée. (I had babbled all day.)
- Tu avais bégueté pendant des heures sans t’arrêter. (You had prattled for hours without stopping.)
- Elle avait bégueté depuis son réveil jusqu’à ce que sa mère la fasse taire. (She had been babbling since she woke up until her mother told her to be quiet.)
In each of these examples, the verb bégueter is used in the Plus-que-parfait tense to indicate an action that had already been completed before a past event or time. In English, this tense is expressed using “had” + past participle, while in French it is formed with the auxiliary verb “avoir” (to have) in the imperfect tense followed by the past participle of the verb.
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of bégueter
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais bégueté||J’avais bégueté toute la nuit.||I had whined all night.|
|tu||tu avais bégueté||Tu avais bégueté toute la matinée.||You had whined all morning.|
|il||il avait bégueté||Il avait bégueté toute la journée.||He had whined all day.|
|elle||elle avait bégueté||Elle avait bégueté toute la soirée.||She had whined all evening.|
|on||on avait bégueté||On avait bégueté toute la semaine.||One had whined all week.|
|nous||nous avions bégueté||Nous avions bégueté tout le mois.||We had whined all month.|
|vous||vous aviez bégueté||Vous aviez bégueté tout l’été.||You had whined all summer.|
|ils||ils avaient bégueté||Ils avaient bégueté toute l’année.||They had whined all year.|
|elles||elles avaient bégueté||Elles avaient bégueté toute la vie.||They had whined all life.|
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Bégueter – 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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