Introduction to the verb casemater
The English translation of the French verb casemater is “to checkmate” or “to corner.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “kahz-mah-teh.”
Casemater comes from the French word “caser,” which means “to put or place.” In chess, to casemate is to put the opponent’s king in a position where they cannot escape and are effectively “cornered.” However, in everyday French, casemater is also used metaphorically to mean “to outsmart” or “to defeat.”
In the Plus-que-parfait tense, casemater is conjugated as “j’avais casematé,” meaning “I had checkmated.” Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense with their English translations:
J’avais casematé mon adversaire avant qu’il ne puisse réaliser ce qui se passait. (I had checkmated my opponent before he realized what was happening.)
Tu avais casematé ton frère au jeu d’échecs hier soir. (You had checkmated your brother at chess last night.)
Nous avions casematé nos concurrents grâce à notre stratégie bien pensée. (We had checkmated our competitors thanks to our well thought out strategy.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of casemater
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais casematé||J’avais casematé le soldat.||I had watched the soldier.|
|tu||tu avais casematé||Tu avais casematé le criminel.||You had watched the criminal.|
|il||il avait casematé||Il avait casematé l’ennemi.||He had watched the enemy.|
|elle||elle avait casematé||Elle avait casematé le suspect.||She had watched the suspect.|
|on||on avait casematé||On avait casematé le gardien.||One had watched the guard.|
|nous||nous avions casematé||Nous avions casematé le prisonnier.||We had watched the prisoner.|
|vous||vous aviez casematé||Vous aviez casematé le fugitif.||You had watched the fugitive.|
|ils||ils avaient casematé||Ils avaient casematé le terroriste.||They had watched the terrorist.|
|elles||elles avaient casematé||Elles avaient casematé le voleur.||They had watched the thief.|
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Casemater – 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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