Introduction to the verb catalyser
The English translation of the French verb catalyser is “to catalyze.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “kah-tah-lee-zay.”
Catalyser comes from the Greek word katalysis, meaning “dissolution.” In modern French, it is primarily used in scientific and technical contexts to refer to the process of accelerating or facilitating a chemical reaction. In everyday French, it is used more figuratively to describe a person or thing that stimulates or energizes something.
In the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English, catalyser is used to describe an action that had already been completed before another event in the past. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, with their English translations:
- J’avais catalysé la réaction chimique avant de partir. (I had catalyzed the chemical reaction before leaving.)
- Vous aviez catalysé son intéret pour la science en lui montrant des expériences passionnantes. (You had catalyzed her interest in science by showing her exciting experiments.)
- Ils avaient catalysé l’innovation dans l’entreprise en encourageant la créativité de leurs employés. (They had catalyzed innovation in the company by encouraging their employees’ creativity.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of catalyser
|Pronoun||Conjugation||Short Example||English Translation|
|je||j’avais catalysé||J’avais catalysé la réaction.||I had catalyzed the reaction.|
|tu||tu avais catalysé||Tu avais catalysé le processus.||You had catalyzed the process.|
|il||il avait catalysé||Il avait catalysé la transformation.||He had catalyzed the transformation.|
|elle||elle avait catalysé||Elle avait catalysé la réaction.||She had catalyzed the reaction.|
|on||on avait catalysé||On avait catalysé le procédé.||One had catalyzed the procedure.|
|nous||nous avions catalysé||Nous avions catalysé la réaction.||We had catalyzed the reaction.|
|vous||vous aviez catalysé||Vous aviez catalysé le mélange.||You had catalyzed the mixture.|
|ils||ils avaient catalysé||Ils avaient catalysé le processus.||They had catalyzed the process.|
|elles||elles avaient catalysé||Elles avaient catalysé la réaction.||They had catalyzed the reaction.|
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Catalyser – 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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