Introduction to the verb charcuter
The English translation of the French verb charcuter is “to prepare or make charcuterie” or “to butcher or cut up (meat)”. It is pronounced “shar-koo-tay” in the infinitive form.
Charcuter comes from the Old French word “charcutier” which means “pork butcher” and is derived from the Latin word “carn- (flesh) and “coctum” (cooked). In everyday French, it refers to the practice of making and selling various cured or preserved meats, such as sausages, pâtés, and terrines.
In the Plus-que-parfait tense, charcuter is used to describe an action that was completed in the past before another action or event took place. It is formed with the auxiliary verb “avoir” in the imperfect tense followed by the past participle “charcuté”.
- J’avais charcuté le jambon avant que mes invités n’arrivent. (I had prepared the ham before my guests arrived.)
- Elle avait déjà charcuté le canard quand je suis arrivé à la cuisine. (She had already butchered the duck when I arrived in the kitchen.)
- Nous avions charcuté le porc pour le mettre en conserve. (We had cut up the pork to can it.)
- I had prepared the ham before my guests arrived.
- She had already butchered the duck when I arrived in the kitchen.
- We had cut up the pork to can it.
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of charcuter
|J’avais charcuté le porc.
|I had butchered the pork.
|tu avais charcuté
|Tu avais charcuté le poulet.
|You had butchered the chicken.
|il avait charcuté
|Il avait charcuté la viande.
|He had butchered the meat.
|elle avait charcuté
|Elle avait charcuté le jambon.
|She had butchered the ham.
|on avait charcuté
|On avait charcuté le bœuf.
|One had butchered the beef.
|nous avions charcuté
|Nous avions charcuté le lapin.
|We had butchered the rabbit.
|vous aviez charcuté
|Vous aviez charcuté le saucisson.
|You had butchered the sausage.
|ils avaient charcuté
|Ils avaient charcuté le canard.
|They had butchered the duck.
|elles avaient charcuté
|Elles avaient charcuté le veau.
|They had butchered the veal.
Other Conjugations for Charcuter.
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Charcuter – 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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