Introduction to the verb cacheter
The English translation of the French verb cacheter is “to seal” or “to stamp”. It is pronounced “ka-shuh-tey”.
The origin of the word cacheter can be traced back to the Latin word “capsa”, meaning “box” or “chest”. In French, it evolved to “cachette”, which referred to a hiding place or secret compartment. Eventually, the verb form “cacheter” was derived from this noun, and it has been used in the French language since the 12th century.
In everyday French, cacheter is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the equivalent of the past perfect tense in English. This tense is used to describe an action that was completed before another past action.
Three simple examples of cacheter in the Plus-que-parfait tense and their English translations are:
- J’avais cacheté la lettre avant de la poster. (I had sealed the letter before mailing it.)
- Nous avions cacheté toutes les enveloppes hier soir. (We had stamped all the envelopes last night.)
- Tu avais cacheté le colis sans me le dire. (You had sealed the parcel without telling me.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of cacheter
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais cacheté||J’avais cacheté l’enveloppe.||I had stamped the envelope.|
|tu||tu avais cacheté||Tu avais cacheté le courrier.||You had stamped the mail.|
|il||il avait cacheté||Il avait cacheté le colis.||He had stamped the package.|
|elle||elle avait cacheté||Elle avait cacheté le paquet.||She had stamped the parcel.|
|on||on avait cacheté||On avait cacheté le document.||One had stamped the document.|
|nous||nous avions cacheté||Nous avions cacheté le colis.||We had stamped the package.|
|vous||vous aviez cacheté||Vous aviez cacheté l’enveloppe.||You had stamped the envelope.|
|ils||ils avaient cacheté||Ils avaient cacheté le paquet.||They had stamped the parcel.|
|elles||elles avaient cacheté||Elles avaient cacheté le colis.||They had stamped the package.|
Other Conjugations for Cacheter.
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Cacheter – 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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