Introduction to the verb bossuer
The English translation of the French verb bossuer is “to dent.” It is pronounced as “boh-sweh.”
The word bossuer comes from the Old French word “bost” which means “knock” or “strike.” It is most often used in everyday French 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.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in the Plus-que-parfait tense:
- J’avais bossué la voiture avant de la vendre. (I had dented the car before selling it.)
- Les enfants avaient bossué le mur en jouant au ballon. (The children had dented the wall while playing ball.)
- Elle avait bossué la porte en la fermant trop fort. (She had dented the door by closing it too hard.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of bossuer
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais bossué||J’avais bossué la porte.||I had dented the door.|
|tu||tu avais bossué||Tu avais bossué le capot.||You had dented the hood.|
|il||il avait bossué||Il avait bossué la carrosserie.||He had dented the bodywork.|
|elle||elle avait bossué||Elle avait bossué la portière.||She had dented the door panel.|
|on||on avait bossué||On avait bossué l’aile.||One had dented the fender.|
|nous||nous avions bossué||Nous avions bossué le toit.||We had dented the roof.|
|vous||vous aviez bossué||Vous aviez bossué la portière.||You had dented the door panel.|
|ils||ils avaient bossué||Ils avaient bossué le pare-brise.||They had dented the windshield.|
|elles||elles avaient bossué||Elles avaient bossué le rétroviseur.||They had dented the side mirror.|
Other Conjugations for Bossuer.
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Bossuer – 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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