Introduction to the verb bûcher
The English translation of the French verb bûcher is “to work/struggle hard” or “to toil”. It is pronounced as “byoo-shay”.
The word bûcher comes from the Latin word “bucca”, meaning “mouth” or “face”. It entered the French language in the 12th century and was originally used to refer to the act of burning or roasting something, typically on a fire. Over time, its meaning evolved to also include the idea of exerting effort and working hard.
In everyday French, bûcher is commonly used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is used to describe an action that had already been completed in the past before another action or event. It is formed by using the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” in the imperfect tense, followed by the past participle of the main verb.
Here are three simple examples of bûcher in the Plus-que-parfait tense with their English translations:
- J’avais bûché toute la nuit pour préparer mon examen. (I had worked all night to prepare for my exam.)
- Nous avions bûché pendant des heures pour construire cette maison. (We had toiled for hours to build this house.)
- Ils étaient fatigués car ils avaient bûché depuis l’aube. (They were tired because they had been working hard since dawn.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of bûcher
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais bûché||J’avais bûché toute la journée.||I had worked hard all day.|
|tu||tu avais bûché||Tu avais bûché tes leçons.||You had studied your lessons.|
|il||il avait bûché||Il avait bûché son projet.||He had researched his project.|
|elle||elle avait bûché||Elle avait bûché le sujet.||She had studied the subject.|
|on||on avait bûché||On avait bûché pour l’examen.||One had studied for the exam.|
|nous||nous avions bûché||Nous avions bûché le livre.||We had studied the book.|
|vous||vous aviez bûché||Vous aviez bûché les mots.||You had studied the words.|
|ils||ils avaient bûché||Ils avaient bûché l’histoire.||They had studied the history.|
|elles||elles avaient bûché||Elles avaient bûché la grammaire.||They had studied the grammar.|
Other Conjugations for Bûcher.
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Bûcher – 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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