Introduction to the verb cambrer
The English translation of the French verb cambrer is “to arch” or “to curve.” It is pronounced “kahm-bray.”
The word cambrer comes from the Old French verb “cambrer,” meaning “to bend” or “to arch.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense.
In the Plus-que-parfait tense, cambrer is used to describe an action that had been completed in the past before another past action. For example:
- J’avais cambré mon dos avant de me blesser. (I had arched my back before getting injured.)
- Tu avais cambré tes sourcils quand tu as entendu la nouvelle. (You had arched your eyebrows when you heard the news.)
- Ils avaient cambré leurs corps en signe de respect. (They had arched their bodies as a sign of respect.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of cambrer
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais cambré||J’avais cambré mon dos.||I had arched my back.|
|tu||tu avais cambré||Tu avais cambré tes hanches.||You had arched your hips.|
|il||il avait cambré||Il avait cambré sa colonne vertébrale.||He had arched his spine.|
|elle||elle avait cambré||Elle avait cambré son corps.||She had arched her body.|
|on||on avait cambré||On avait cambré la pièce.||One had arched the piece.|
|nous||nous avions cambré||Nous avions cambré nos dos.||We had arched our backs.|
|vous||vous aviez cambré||Vous aviez cambré vos corps.||You had arched your bodies.|
|ils||ils avaient cambré||Ils avaient cambré leurs épaules.||They had arched their shoulders.|
|elles||elles avaient cambré||Elles avaient cambré leurs jambes.||They had arched their legs.|
Other Conjugations for Cambrer.
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Cambrer – 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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