Introduction to the verb canneler
The English translation of the French verb canneler is “to flute” or “to groove.” It is pronounced as “ka-ne-le.”
Canneler comes from the Latin word “canna,” meaning “reed.” In French, it refers to the decorative pattern of parallel lines carved into pastries or the edges of a pie crust.
In everyday French, canneler is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English. This tense is used to describe an action that took place before another past action.
- J’avais cannelé la tarte avant de la mettre au four. (I had fluted the pie before putting it in the oven.)
- Elle avait cannelé les bords du gâteau avec une fourchette. (She had fluted the edges of the cake with a fork.)
- Nous avions cannelé les mini-tartelettes pour la soirée. (We had fluted the mini-tarts for the party.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of canneler
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais cannelé||J’avais cannelé la pâte.||I had ribbed the dough.|
|tu||tu avais cannelé||Tu avais cannelé le gâteau.||You had ribbed the cake.|
|il||il avait cannelé||Il avait cannelé le biscuit.||He had ribbed the cookie.|
|elle||elle avait cannelé||Elle avait cannelé la tarte.||She had ribbed the pie.|
|on||on avait cannelé||On avait cannelé le pain.||One had ribbed the bread.|
|nous||nous avions cannelé||Nous avions cannelé le croissant.||We had ribbed the croissant.|
|vous||vous aviez cannelé||Vous aviez cannelé le chausson.||You had ribbed the turnover.|
|ils||ils avaient cannelé||Ils avaient cannelé le feuilleté.||They had ribbed the puff pastry.|
|elles||elles avaient cannelé||Elles avaient cannelé la pâte feuilletée.||They had ribbed the puff pastry dough.|
Other Conjugations for Canneler.
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Canneler – 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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