Introduction to the verb cabotiner
The English translation of the French verb cabotiner is “to show off” or “to ham it up.” It is pronounced kah-boh-tee-neh.
The origin of the word cabotiner comes from the word “cabotin,” which originally referred to a type of wooden cabin used by actors during medieval times. Over time, the word evolved to refer to the actions of these actors, specifically their tendency to exaggerate and show off on stage. Today, the verb cabotiner is commonly used in every day French to describe someone who is being theatrical or overacting in a situation.
In the Plus-que-parfait tense, cabotiner is used to describe an action that had already been completed in the past. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, with their respective English translations:
Ils avaient cabotiné tout le long de la pièce de théâtre. (They had hammed it up throughout the whole play.)
Tu avais cabotiné lors de ta présentation. (You had shown off during your presentation.)
Nous avions cabotiné pour amuser les enfants. (We had put on a show to entertain the children.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of cabotiner
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais cabotiné||J’avais cabotiné sur scène.||I had hammed it up on stage.|
|tu||tu avais cabotiné||Tu avais cabotiné devant la caméra.||You had hammed it up on camera.|
|il||il avait cabotiné||Il avait cabotiné pour le public.||He had hammed it up for the audience.|
|elle||elle avait cabotiné||Elle avait cabotiné avec ses amis.||She had hammed it up with her friends.|
|on||on avait cabotiné||On avait cabotiné pendant la pièce.||One had hammed it up during the play.|
|nous||nous avions cabotiné||Nous avions cabotiné toute la soirée.||We had hammed it up all evening.|
|vous||vous aviez cabotiné||Vous aviez cabotiné pour la télévision.||You had hammed it up for television.|
|ils||ils avaient cabotiné||Ils avaient cabotiné lors de l’événement.||They had hammed it up during the event.|
|elles||elles avaient cabotiné||Elles avaient cabotiné en classe.||They had hammed it up in class.|
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Cabotiner – 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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