Introduction to the verb bémoliser
The English translation of the French verb bémoliser is “to flat” or “to lower a note by half a step.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “bay-moh-lee-zay.”
Bémoliser comes from the French word “bémol,” which means “flat” in music notation. It is a combination of the word “be,” meaning “lower,” and “mol,” meaning “half a step.” This verb is most often used in music-related contexts, to indicate the act of lowering a note by half a step on a musical instrument.
In everyday French, bémoliser is also commonly used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which indicates an action that has been completed in the past before another past action. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, with their English translations:
- J’avais bémolisé la note avant qu’elle ne l’ait jouée. (I had flattened the note before she played it.)
- Tu avais bémolisé le sol pendant que je jouais du violon. (You had lowered the G while I was playing the violin.)
- Il avait bémolisé la partition pour la rendre plus facile à jouer. (He had lowered the sheet music to make it easier to play.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of bémoliser
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais bémolisé||J’avais bémolisé la chanson.||I had made the song more flat.|
|tu||tu avais bémolisé||Tu avais bémolisé la partition.||You had made the sheet music more flat.|
|il||il avait bémolisé||Il avait bémolisé le morceau.||He had made the piece more flat.|
|elle||elle avait bémolisé||Elle avait bémolisé l’harmonie.||She had made the harmony more flat.|
|on||on avait bémolisé||On avait bémolisé le refrain.||One had made the refrain more flat.|
|nous||nous avions bémolisé||Nous avions bémolisé la mélodie.||We had made the melody more flat.|
|vous||vous aviez bémolisé||Vous aviez bémolisé l’arrangement.||You had made the arrangement more flat.|
|ils||ils avaient bémolisé||Ils avaient bémolisé le concert.||They had made the concert more flat.|
|elles||elles avaient bémolisé||Elles avaient bémolisé la symphonie.||They had made the symphony more flat.|
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Bémoliser – 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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