Introduction to the verb changer
The English translation of the French verb changer is “to change.” It is pronounced “shahn-zhay” in its infinitive form.
The word changer comes from the Latin word “cambiare” meaning “to exchange” or “to alter.” In everyday French, it is a commonly used verb that can mean a variety of things depending on the context. It can refer to physical changes, such as changing clothes or changing the channel on the TV, or it can also refer to more abstract changes, such as changing one’s mind or changing a situation.
In the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English, changer is used to express an action that had already been completed in the past. It is formed by conjugating the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” in the imperfect tense and adding the past participle of changer, which is “changé.”
Here are three examples of changer in the Plus-que-parfait tense, with their English translations:
J’avais changé d’avis avant de partir. (I had changed my mind before leaving.)
Nous étions déjà changés quand ils sont arrivés. (We had already changed when they arrived.)
Elle avait changé sa robe pour une plus élégante. (She had changed her dress for a more elegant one.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of changer
|J’avais changé d’avis.
|I had changed my mind.
|tu avais changé
|Tu avais changé de chemise.
|You had changed your shirt.
|il avait changé
|Il avait changé ses habitudes.
|He had changed his habits.
|elle avait changé
|Elle avait changé de coiffure.
|She had changed her hairstyle.
|on avait changé
|On avait changé de plan.
|One had changed plans.
|nous avions changé
|Nous avions changé de voiture.
|We had changed cars.
|vous aviez changé
|Vous aviez changé de travail.
|You had changed jobs.
|ils avaient changé
|Ils avaient changé de direction.
|They had changed direction.
|elles avaient changé
|Elles avaient changé de salle.
|They had changed rooms.
Other Conjugations for Changer.
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Changer – 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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