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

Introduction to the verb chapeauter

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The English translation of the French verb chapeauter is “to cap” or “to oversee.” The infinitive form of the verb is pronounced “shah-poh-tay.”

The word chapeauter comes from the French noun “chapeau,” meaning “hat.” The verb was created by adding the suffix “-er” to the noun, indicating the action of putting a hat on someone or something. It is most often used in everyday French to mean “to take charge” or “to be in control of.”

In the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is used to talk about an action that happened before another action in the past, chapeauter is conjugated as follows:

J’avais chapeautĂ©
Tu avais chapeauté
Il/Elle avait chapeauté
Nous avions chapeauté
Vous aviez chapeauté
Ils/Elles avaient chapeauté

Here are three simple examples of chapeauter in the Plus-que-parfait tense with their English translations:

  1. J’avais chapeautĂ© l’Ă©quipe de football avant d’ĂȘtre transfĂ©rĂ© dans une autre ville. (I had been in charge of the football team before being transferred to another city.)
  2. Tu avais chapeautĂ© le projet depuis le dĂ©but, pourquoi n’es-tu pas satisfait ? (You had been overseeing the project from the beginning, why aren’t you satisfied?)
  3. Elle avait chapeauté la soirée avec brio, tout le monde a passé un bon moment. (She had capably overseen the evening, everyone had a good time.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais chapeautĂ© J’avais chapeautĂ© la cĂ©rĂ©monie. I had overseen the ceremony.
tu tu avais chapeauté Tu avais chapeauté le projet. You had overseen the project.
il il avait chapeautĂ© Il avait chapeautĂ© l’Ă©vĂ©nement. He had overseen the event.
elle elle avait chapeauté Elle avait chapeauté la réunion. She had overseen the meeting.
on on avait chapeauté On avait chapeauté le processus. One had overseen the process.
nous nous avions chapeautĂ© Nous avions chapeautĂ© l’entreprise. We had overseen the company.
vous vous aviez chapeauté Vous aviez chapeauté le département. You had overseen the department.
ils ils avaient chapeauté Ils avaient chapeauté le chantier. They had overseen the construction site.
elles elles avaient chapeauté Elles avaient chapeauté la production. They had overseen the production.

Other Conjugations for Chapeauter.

   
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    PassĂ© ComposĂ© (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chapeauter
   

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

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

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

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

    Conditionnel PrĂ©sent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chapeauter
   

    Conditionnel PassĂ© (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chapeauter

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Chapeauter – 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 “ĂȘtre” (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 mangĂ© (I had eaten)
   – Tu avais parlĂ© (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 jouĂ© (They had played)
2. With “ĂȘtre” as the auxiliary verb (usually for intransitive verbs or verbs indicating a state):
   – J’Ă©tais parti(e) (I had left)
   – Tu Ă©tais arrivĂ©(e) (You had arrived)
   – Il/elle/on Ă©tait tombĂ©(e) (He/She/One had fallen)
   – Nous Ă©tions restĂ©(e)s (We had stayed)
   – Vous Ă©tiez nĂ©(e)(s) (You had been born)
   – Ils/elles Ă©taient montĂ©(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 mangĂ© avant qu’il ne soit arrivĂ©” (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 arrivĂ©, ils avaient dĂ©jĂ  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 passĂ© composĂ© (simple past) to establish the sequence of past events. The passĂ© composĂ© 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 diffĂ©remment” (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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