Introduction to the verb cabosser
The English translation of the French verb cabosser is “to dent” or “to crumple.” It is pronounced as “ka-boh-say” in its infinitive form.
The word cabosser comes from the Latin word “cappa,” meaning “cap,” and the suffix “-osse,” which denotes a rough or uneven surface. In everyday French, cabosser is often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English. This tense is used to describe an action that was already completed before another past action.
Here are three simple examples of cabosser in the Plus-que-parfait tense, along with their English translations:
- J’avais cabossé ma voiture avant de la vendre. (I had dented my car before selling it.)
- Nous avions cabossé la porte en la fermant trop fort. (We had dented the door by closing it too hard.)
- Vous aviez cabossé votre vélo lors de votre dernière chute. (You had dented your bike during your last fall.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of cabosser
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais cabossé||J’avais cabossé la voiture.||I had dented the car.|
|tu||tu avais cabossé||Tu avais cabossé le capot.||You had dented the hood.|
|il||il avait cabossé||Il avait cabossé l’aile.||He had dented the wing.|
|elle||elle avait cabossé||Elle avait cabossé la portière.||She had dented the door.|
|on||on avait cabossé||On avait cabossé le pare-chocs.||One had dented the bumper.|
|nous||nous avions cabossé||Nous avions cabossé la carrosserie.||We had dented the bodywork.|
|vous||vous aviez cabossé||Vous aviez cabossé le coffre.||You had dented the trunk.|
|ils||ils avaient cabossé||Ils avaient cabossé la calandre.||They had dented the grille.|
|elles||elles avaient cabossé||Elles avaient cabossé le rétroviseur.||They had dented the rearview mirror.|
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Cabosser – 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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