Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer

Introduction to the verb caquer

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The English translation of the French verb caquer is “to poop” or “to defecate.” It is pronounced as “KAH-kay.”

The origin of the word caquer can be traced back to the Latin word “caccare,” which also means “to defecate.” The word was then adapted into Old French as “cacquer” and eventually evolved into its modern form, “caquer.”

In everyday French, caquer 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 was completed before another past action. Here are three examples of its usage in this tense:

  1. J’avais caqué avant de partir de la maison. (I had pooped before leaving the house.)
  2. Ils avaient caqué avant de faire la sieste. (They had defecated before taking a nap.)
  3. Elle avait caqué juste avant de monter sur scène. (She had pooped just before going on stage.)

Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of caquer

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais caqué J’avais caqué trop fort. I had cackled too loud.
tu tu avais caqué Tu avais caqué toute la nuit. You had cackled all night.
il il avait caqué Il avait caqué avec les autres. He had cackled with the others.
elle elle avait caqué Elle avait caqué avec ses amies. She had cackled with her friends.
on on avait caqué On avait caqué dans le parc. One had cackled in the park.
nous nous avions caqué Nous avions caqué en classe. We had cackled in class.
vous vous aviez caqué Vous aviez caqué tout le temps. You had cackled all the time.
ils ils avaient caqué Ils avaient caqué en secret. They had cackled in secret.
elles elles avaient caqué Elles avaient caqué ensemble. They had cackled together.

Other Conjugations for Caquer.

   
    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer     (this article)

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer

    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer
   

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb caquer

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Caquer – About the French Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense

The French “plus-que-parfait” tense is a past tense used to express actions or events that occurred before another past action or event. It is often translated to English as the “pluperfect” tense. The name “plus-que-parfait” literally means “more than perfect,” indicating that it is a tense used to describe actions that were completed before a specific point in the past.
NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Tense Formation

To form the plus-que-parfait tense, you typically use the auxiliary verb “avoir” (to have) or “être” (to be) in the imperfect tense, followed by the past participle of the main verb. Here are the conjugations for both auxiliary verbs:
1. With “avoir” as the auxiliary verb:
   – J’avais mangé (I had eaten)
   – Tu avais parlé (You had spoken)
   – Il/elle/on avait fini (He/She/One had finished)
   – Nous avions lu (We had read)
   – Vous aviez choisi (You had chosen)
   – Ils/elles avaient joué (They had played)
2. With “être” as the auxiliary verb (usually for intransitive verbs or verbs indicating a state):
   – J’étais parti(e) (I had left)
   – Tu étais arrivé(e) (You had arrived)
   – Il/elle/on était tombé(e) (He/She/One had fallen)
   – Nous étions resté(e)s (We had stayed)
   – Vous étiez né(e)(s) (You had been born)
   – Ils/elles étaient monté(e)s (They had gone up)

Common everyday usage patterns

Sequencing of past events

The plus-que-parfait is used to express a past action that happened before another past action. For example, “J’avais mangé avant qu’il ne soit arrivé” (I had eaten before he arrived).

Background information

It is also used to provide background information or set the stage for a main past event. For instance, “Quand je suis arrivé, ils avaient déjà fini de manger” (When I arrived, they had already finished eating).

Hypothetical or reported speech

In indirect speech, the plus-que-parfait is used to report what someone had said or thought in the past. For example, “Il avait dit qu’il viendrait demain” (He had said that he would come tomorrow).

Interactions with other tenses

– The plus-que-parfait is often used in conjunction with the passé composé (simple past) to establish the sequence of past events. The passé composé describes the more recent action, while the plus-que-parfait describes the action that occurred earlier.
– It can also be used with the conditional mood to express a hypothetical past event, like “Si j’avais su, j’aurais agi différemment” (If I had known, I would have acted differently).
– When used in reported speech, it can be combined with the conditional mood or the imperfect subjunctive to reflect the original mood and tense of the reported statement.

Summary

The French plus-que-parfait tense is an essential part of the language for expressing past actions that occurred before other past actions, providing background information, and reporting past statements or thoughts. It is an integral component of constructing complex and accurate narratives in French.

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