Introduction to the verb borner
The English translation of the French verb borner is “to limit” or “to bound.” It is pronounced as “bohr-nay.”
The word “borner” originates from the Latin word “borna,” meaning boundary or limit. It entered the French language in the 12th century and has been in use since then.
In everyday French, borner is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense. This tense is used to talk about an action that was completed before another past action took place.
Here are three simple examples of borner in the Plus-que-parfait tense with their English translations:
J’avais borné mes ambitions avant de partir en vacances. (I had limited my ambitions before going on vacation.)
Ils avaient borné le terrain avant de commencer la construction. (They had bounded the land before starting the construction.)
Elle avait borné ses dépenses pour économiser de l’argent. (She had set limits on her expenses to save money.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of borner
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais borné||J’avais borné mon terrain.||I had marked off my land.|
|tu||tu avais borné||Tu avais borné la zone.||You had marked off the area.|
|il||il avait borné||Il avait borné la frontière.||He had marked off the border.|
|elle||elle avait borné||Elle avait borné le chemin.||She had marked off the path.|
|on||on avait borné||On avait borné le parcours.||One had marked off the route.|
|nous||nous avions borné||Nous avions borné la limite.||We had marked off the limit.|
|vous||vous aviez borné||Vous aviez borné le champ.||You had marked off the field.|
|ils||ils avaient borné||Ils avaient borné le jardin.||They had marked off the garden.|
|elles||elles avaient borné||Elles avaient borné la route.||They had marked off the road.|
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Borner – 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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