Introduction to the verb challenger
The English translation of the French verb challenger is “to challenge.” It is pronounced as “shah-len-jay.”
The word challenger originated from the Latin word “calumniari,” which means “to accuse falsely.” In French, it is derived from the word “challenger” which means “to confront or dispute.” The word is most often used in everyday French to express the act of questioning or provoking someone or something.
In the plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English, the verb challenger is used to express an action that took place before another past action. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense:
- J’avais challengé son autorité avant qu’il ne devienne président. (I had challenged his authority before he became president.)
- Tu avais challengé tes compétences avant de participer au concours. (You had challenged your skills before participating in the competition.)
- Ils avaient challengé l’opinion publique avant de publier leur livre controversé. (They had challenged public opinion before publishing their controversial book.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of challenger
|J’avais challengé le champion.
|I had challenged the champion.
|tu avais challengé
|Tu avais challengé ton adversaire.
|You had challenged your opponent.
|il avait challengé
|Il avait challengé l’équipe adverse.
|He had challenged the opposing team.
|elle avait challengé
|Elle avait challengé son rival.
|She had challenged her rival.
|on avait challengé
|On avait challengé le concurrent.
|One had challenged the competitor.
|nous avions challengé
|Nous avions challengé le record.
|We had challenged the record.
|vous aviez challengé
|Vous aviez challengé le gagnant.
|You had challenged the winner.
|ils avaient challengé
|Ils avaient challengé le favori.
|They had challenged the favorite.
|elles avaient challengé
|Elles avaient challengé l’équipe adverse.
|They had challenged the opposing team.
Other Conjugations for Challenger.
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Challenger – 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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