Introduction to the verb calmer
The English translation of the French verb calmer is “to calm” or “to soothe.” It is pronounced as “kal-may” in its infinitive form.
The word “calmer” comes from the Latin word “calmare” which means “to comfort” or “to soothe.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense.
Here are three simple examples of how “calmer” is used in the Plus-que-parfait tense in everyday French:
J’avais calmé le bébé avant de le mettre au lit. (I had calmed the baby before putting him to bed.)
Nous avions calmé la colère de notre voisin en lui offrant des fleurs. (We had calmed our neighbor’s anger by offering him flowers.)
Tu avais calmé tes peurs en prenant une grande respiration. (You had calmed your fears by taking a deep breath.)
In these sentences, “calmer” is used in the Plus-que-parfait tense to describe an action that had been completed in the past. It is often used to show a sequence of events or actions that occurred before another action in the past.
Overall, “calmer” is a commonly used verb in French that is used to describe the act of calming or soothing someone or something. It can also be used in a figurative sense to describe the act of calming one’s emotions or thoughts.
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of calmer
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais calmé||J’avais calmé mes nerfs.||I had calmed my nerves.|
|tu||tu avais calmé||Tu avais calmé la situation.||You had calmed the situation.|
|il||il avait calmé||Il avait calmé le bébé.||He had calmed the baby.|
|elle||elle avait calmé||Elle avait calmé le chien.||She had calmed the dog.|
|on||on avait calmé||On avait calmé les esprits.||One had calmed the spirits.|
|nous||nous avions calmé||Nous avions calmé le groupe.||We had calmed the group.|
|vous||vous aviez calmé||Vous aviez calmé vos peurs.||You had calmed your fears.|
|ils||ils avaient calmé||Ils avaient calmé leurs enfants.||They had calmed their children.|
|elles||elles avaient calmé||Elles avaient calmé leur colère.||They had calmed their anger.|
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Calmer – 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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