Introduction to the verb canarder
The English translation of the French verb canarder is “to bombard” or “to shell.” The infinitive form, canarder, is pronounced as “kah-nahr-deh.”
The word canarder comes from the French noun canard, which means “duck.” It is believed that this verb originated from the phrase “tirer un coup de canard,” which literally means “to shoot a duck” and was commonly used in hunting. Over time, the verb evolved to mean “to bombard” or “to shell” in a military context.
In everyday spoken French, canarder is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense. This tense is used to describe an action that took place before another action or time in the past.
Here are three simple examples of canarder in the Plus-que-parfait tense, with their respective English translations:
- Les soldats avaient canardé la ville avant que l’ennemi n’arrive. (The soldiers had bombarded the city before the enemy arrived.)
- Nous avions canardé la cible à plusieurs reprises avant de la toucher. (We had shelled the target multiple times before hitting it.)
- Les bombardements avaient cessé avant que le traité de paix ne soit signé. (The bombardments had stopped before the peace treaty was signed.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of canarder
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais canardé||J’avais canardé mon adversaire.||I had attacked my opponent.|
|tu||tu avais canardé||Tu avais canardé la cible.||You had targeted the target.|
|il||il avait canardé||Il avait canardé l’ennemi.||He had fired at the enemy.|
|elle||elle avait canardé||Elle avait canardé le ballon.||She had shot the ball.|
|on||on avait canardé||On avait canardé l’avion.||One had shot down the plane.|
|nous||nous avions canardé||Nous avions canardé le bâtiment.||We had bombarded the building.|
|vous||vous aviez canardé||Vous aviez canardé le navire.||You had bombarded the ship.|
|ils||ils avaient canardé||Ils avaient canardé le château.||They had attacked the castle.|
|elles||elles avaient canardé||Elles avaient canardé l’avion.||They had shot down the plane.|
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Canarder – 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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