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

Introduction to the verb chausser

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The English translation of the French verb chausser is “to put on shoes” or “to wear shoes.” It is pronounced as “show-say.”

The word chausser comes from the Latin “calceare,” meaning “to put on shoes.” It is often used in everyday French to refer to the action of putting on shoes or wearing them. In the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English, chausser is used to describe an action that occurred before another action in the past.

Examples of chausser in the Plus-que-parfait tense:

  1. J’avais déjà chaussé mes chaussures quand j’ai reçu l’appel. (I had already put on my shoes when I received the call.)

  2. Nous avions chaussé nos bottes avant de sortir dans la neige. (We had put on our boots before going out in the snow.)

  3. Elle avait chaussé ses talons hauts pour la soirée. (She had worn her high heels for the evening.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais chaussé J’avais chaussé mes bottes. I had put on my boots.
tu tu avais chaussé Tu avais chaussé tes chaussures. You had put on your shoes.
il il avait chaussé Il avait chaussé ses baskets. He had put on his sneakers.
elle elle avait chaussé Elle avait chaussé ses talons hauts. She had put on her high heels.
on on avait chaussé On avait chaussé nos bottines. One had put on our ankle boots.
nous nous avions chaussé Nous avions chaussé nos sandales. We had put on our sandals.
vous vous aviez chaussé Vous aviez chaussé vos bottes. You had put on your boots.
ils ils avaient chaussé Ils avaient chaussé leurs tongs. They had put on their flip flops.
elles elles avaient chaussé Elles avaient chaussé leurs escarpins. They had put on their pumps.

Other Conjugations for Chausser.

   
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    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser
   

    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser
   

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser
   

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    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser
   

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

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

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser
   

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chausser

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Chausser – 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 “être” (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 mangé (I had eaten)
   – Tu avais parlé (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 joué (They had played)
2. With “être” as the auxiliary verb (usually for intransitive verbs or verbs indicating a state):
   – J’étais parti(e) (I had left)
   – Tu étais arrivé(e) (You had arrived)
   – Il/elle/on était tombé(e) (He/She/One had fallen)
   – Nous étions resté(e)s (We had stayed)
   – Vous étiez né(e)(s) (You had been born)
   – Ils/elles étaient monté(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 mangé avant qu’il ne soit arrivé” (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 arrivé, ils avaient déjà 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 passé composé (simple past) to establish the sequence of past events. The passé composé 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 différemment” (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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