Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner

Introduction to the verb bouchonner

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The English translation of the French verb bouchonner is “to polish/to buff”. It is pronounced “boo-sho-nay”.

Bouchonner comes from the noun “bouchon”, which means cork. In everyday French, it is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense to indicate an action that was completed before another past action.

Examples:

  1. J’avais bouchonnĂ© mes chaussures avant de sortir. (I had polished my shoes before going out.)
  2. Tu avais bouchonné la table pour le dßner. (You had buffed the table for dinner.)
  3. Il avait bouchonné sa voiture avant de partir en vacances. (He had polished his car before leaving for vacation.)

Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of bouchonner

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais bouchonnĂ© J’avais bouchonnĂ© le vin. I had corked the wine.
tu tu avais bouchonné Tu avais bouchonné la bouteille. You had corked the bottle.
il il avait bouchonné Il avait bouchonné le champagne. He had corked the champagne.
elle elle avait bouchonné Elle avait bouchonné le vin rouge. She had corked the red wine.
on on avait bouchonné On avait bouchonné la bouteille de vin. One had corked the bottle of wine.
nous nous avions bouchonné Nous avions bouchonné le bouchon. We had corked the cork.
vous vous aviez bouchonné Vous aviez bouchonné le vin blanc. You had corked the white wine.
ils ils avaient bouchonné Ils avaient bouchonné le vin rosé. They had corked the rosé wine.
elles elles avaient bouchonné Elles avaient bouchonné le vin pétillant. They had corked the sparkling wine.

Other Conjugations for Bouchonner.

   
    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    PassĂ© Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    PassĂ© ComposĂ© (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner     (this article)

    PassĂ© AntĂ©rieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner

    Futur AntĂ©rieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner

    Subjonctif PrĂ©sent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner

    Subjonctif PassĂ© (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    Conditionnel PrĂ©sent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner
   

    Conditionnel PassĂ© (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner

    L’impĂ©ratif PrĂ©sent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner

    L’infinitif PrĂ©sent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bouchonner

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Bouchonner – About the French Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense

The French “plus-que-parfait” tense is a past tense used to express actions or events that occurred before another past action or event. It is often translated to English as the “pluperfect” tense. The name “plus-que-parfait” literally means “more than perfect,” indicating that it is a tense used to describe actions that were completed before a specific point in the past.
NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Tense Formation

To form the plus-que-parfait tense, you typically use the auxiliary verb “avoir” (to have) or “ĂȘtre” (to be) in the imperfect tense, followed by the past participle of the main verb. Here are the conjugations for both auxiliary verbs:
1. With “avoir” as the auxiliary verb:
   – J’avais mangĂ© (I had eaten)
   – Tu avais parlĂ© (You had spoken)
   – Il/elle/on avait fini (He/She/One had finished)
   – Nous avions lu (We had read)
   – Vous aviez choisi (You had chosen)
   – Ils/elles avaient jouĂ© (They had played)
2. With “ĂȘtre” as the auxiliary verb (usually for intransitive verbs or verbs indicating a state):
   – J’Ă©tais parti(e) (I had left)
   – Tu Ă©tais arrivĂ©(e) (You had arrived)
   – Il/elle/on Ă©tait tombĂ©(e) (He/She/One had fallen)
   – Nous Ă©tions restĂ©(e)s (We had stayed)
   – Vous Ă©tiez nĂ©(e)(s) (You had been born)
   – Ils/elles Ă©taient montĂ©(e)s (They had gone up)

Common everyday usage patterns

Sequencing of past events

The plus-que-parfait is used to express a past action that happened before another past action. For example, “J’avais mangĂ© avant qu’il ne soit arrivĂ©” (I had eaten before he arrived).

Background information

It is also used to provide background information or set the stage for a main past event. For instance, “Quand je suis arrivĂ©, ils avaient dĂ©jĂ  fini de manger” (When I arrived, they had already finished eating).

Hypothetical or reported speech

In indirect speech, the plus-que-parfait is used to report what someone had said or thought in the past. For example, “Il avait dit qu’il viendrait demain” (He had said that he would come tomorrow).

Interactions with other tenses

– The plus-que-parfait is often used in conjunction with the passĂ© composĂ© (simple past) to establish the sequence of past events. The passĂ© composĂ© describes the more recent action, while the plus-que-parfait describes the action that occurred earlier.
– It can also be used with the conditional mood to express a hypothetical past event, like “Si j’avais su, j’aurais agi diffĂ©remment” (If I had known, I would have acted differently).
– When used in reported speech, it can be combined with the conditional mood or the imperfect subjunctive to reflect the original mood and tense of the reported statement.

Summary

The French plus-que-parfait tense is an essential part of the language for expressing past actions that occurred before other past actions, providing background information, and reporting past statements or thoughts. It is an integral component of constructing complex and accurate narratives in French.

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