Introduction to the verb chaumer
The English translation of the French verb chaumer is “to lie fallow” or “to leave uncultivated.” It is pronounced “shom-ay” in the infinitive form.
The word chaumer comes from the Latin word “calamus,” meaning “straw,” and was originally used to describe a field that had been left uncultivated and had grown wild with straw. Over time, it evolved to also mean “to rest” or “to take a break.”
In everyday French, chaumer is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense. This tense is used to describe an action that was completed before another past action. Here are three examples of its usage:
- J’avais chaumé toute la matinée avant de commencer à travailler. (I had taken a break all morning before starting to work.)
- Nous avions chaumé pendant plusieurs semaines après notre mariage. (We had rested for several weeks after our wedding.)
- Elle avait chaumé toute sa vie avant de réaliser son rêve de devenir artiste. (She had left her life uncultivated before realizing her dream of becoming an artist.)
In these examples, chaumer is used to describe a period of rest or inactivity that occurred in the past before another action took place. It can also be used in a more figurative sense to describe a period of neglect or lack of attention to something.
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of chaumer
|J’avais chaumé pendant deux semaines.
|I had rested for two weeks.
|tu avais chaumé
|Tu avais chaumé avec tes amis.
|You had rested with your friends.
|il avait chaumé
|Il avait chaumé dans le jardin.
|He had rested in the garden.
|elle avait chaumé
|Elle avait chaumé à la plage.
|She had rested at the beach.
|on avait chaumé
|On avait chaumé sous un arbre.
|One had rested under a tree.
|nous avions chaumé
|Nous avions chaumé dans un hôtel.
|We had rested in a hotel.
|vous aviez chaumé
|Vous aviez chaumé en vacances.
|You had rested on vacation.
|ils avaient chaumé
|Ils avaient chaumé ensemble.
|They had rested together.
|elles avaient chaumé
|Elles avaient chaumé dans un parc.
|They had rested in a park.
Other Conjugations for Chaumer.
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Chaumer – 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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