Introduction to the verb cabrer
The English translation of the French verb cabrer is “to rear up” or “to buck.” The infinitive form is pronounced “kah-bray.”
The verb cabrer comes from the Latin word “cabrere” meaning “to jump or leap.” It is most often used in everyday French to describe the action of a horse or other animal rearing up on its hind legs. However, it can also be used in a figurative sense to describe a person’s sudden and defiant actions.
In the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is used to talk about an action that happened before another past action, cabrer is conjugated as “j’avais cabré” (I had reared up), “tu avais cabré” (you had reared up), “il/elle avait cabré” (he/she had reared up).
Here are three examples of how cabrer is used in the Plus-que-parfait tense with their English translations:
- J’avais cabré ma voiture avant de freiner brusquement pour éviter l’accident. (I had reared up my car before slamming on the brakes to avoid the accident.)
- Tu avais cabré ton cheval pour lui faire comprendre qu’il ne devait pas t’emporter. (You had reared up your horse to make him understand that he should not lose control.)
- Il avait cabré sa tête en signe de défi avant de partir en courant. (He had reared up his head in a sign of defiance before running away.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of cabrer
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais cabré||J’avais cabré le cheval.||I had reared the horse.|
|tu||tu avais cabré||Tu avais cabré ton vélo.||You had popped a wheelie on your bike.|
|il||il avait cabré||Il avait cabré le taureau.||He had bucked the bull.|
|elle||elle avait cabré||Elle avait cabré la moto.||She had popped a wheelie on the motorcycle.|
|on||on avait cabré||On avait cabré le cheval.||One had reared the horse.|
|nous||nous avions cabré||Nous avions cabré le cheval blanc.||We had reared the white horse.|
|vous||vous aviez cabré||Vous aviez cabré le cheval noir.||You had reared the black horse.|
|ils||ils avaient cabré||Ils avaient cabré les chevaux.||They had reared the horses.|
|elles||elles avaient cabré||Elles avaient cabré les poneys.||They had reared the ponies.|
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Cabrer – 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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