Introduction to the verb boutonner
The English translation of the French verb boutonner is “to button.” The infinitive form, boutonner, is pronounced “boo-toh-nay.”
The word boutonner comes from the French noun bouton, meaning “button.” It is derived from the Old French word boton, which comes from the Latin word bottonem, meaning “button or bud.” Boutonner is most often used in everyday French to describe the action of closing or fastening something with buttons.
In the Plus-que-parfait tense, boutonner is used as a past tense to describe an action that was completed before another past action. Three simple examples of its usage in this tense are:
- Je m’étais boutonné la chemise avant de sortir. (I had buttoned my shirt before going out.)
- Elle s’était boutonnée sa robe seule. (She had buttoned her dress by herself.)
- Nous nous étions boutonnés les manteaux pour sortir. (We had buttoned our coats to go out.)
In all of these examples, boutonner is used to describe an action that was already completed in the past before another past action took place.
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of boutonner
|J’avais boutonné ma chemise.
|I had buttoned up my shirt.
|tu avais boutonné
|Tu avais boutonné ton manteau.
|You had buttoned up your coat.
|il avait boutonné
|Il avait boutonné sa chemise.
|He had buttoned up his shirt.
|elle avait boutonné
|Elle avait boutonné sa robe.
|She had buttoned up her dress.
|on avait boutonné
|On avait boutonné sa veste.
|One had buttoned up their jacket.
|nous avions boutonné
|Nous avions boutonné nos manteaux.
|We had buttoned up our coats.
|vous aviez boutonné
|Vous aviez boutonné vos chemises.
|You had buttoned up your shirts.
|ils avaient boutonné
|Ils avaient boutonné leurs vestes.
|They had buttoned up their jackets.
|elles avaient boutonné
|Elles avaient boutonné leurs robes.
|They had buttoned up their dresses.
Other Conjugations for Boutonner.
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Boutonner – 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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