Introduction to the verb calancher
The English translation of the French verb calancher is “to slope down” or “to sink.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “kah-lahn-shay.”
The word “calancher” comes from the Occitan language, spoken in the southern regions of France. It is derived from the word “calanca” which means “ravine” or “gully.”
In everyday French, calancher is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which corresponds to the past perfect tense in English. This tense is used to talk about an action that was completed in the past before another past action.
Here are three simple examples of calancher used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, with their English translations:
J’avais calanché avant que le soleil ne se couche. (I had sloped down before the sun set.)
Elle avait calanché avant de se blesser. (She had sunk down before getting injured.)
Ils avaient calanché avant que la pluie ne commence. (They had sloped down before the rain started.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of calancher
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais calanché||J’avais calanché dans la boue.||I had tripped in the mud.|
|tu||tu avais calanché||Tu avais calanché sur le trottoir.||You had stumbled on the sidewalk.|
|il||il avait calanché||Il avait calanché en marchant.||He had stumbled while walking.|
|elle||elle avait calanché||Elle avait calanché en courant.||She had tripped while running.|
|on||on avait calanché||On avait calanché en jouant.||One had tripped while playing.|
|nous||nous avions calanché||Nous avions calanché sur la route.||We had tripped on the road.|
|vous||vous aviez calanché||Vous aviez calanché en dansant.||You had stumbled while dancing.|
|ils||ils avaient calanché||Ils avaient calanché sur le tapis.||They had tripped on the carpet.|
|elles||elles avaient calanché||Elles avaient calanché en défilant.||They had stumbled while marching.|
Other Conjugations for Calancher.
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Calancher – 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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