Introduction to the verb composer
The English translation of the French verb composer is “to compose.” It is pronounced as “kom-poh-zay.”
The word “composer” comes from the Latin word “componere,” which means “to put together” or “to arrange.” It is most commonly used in the context of music, as it refers to the act of creating or arranging a musical piece.
In everyday French, the verb composer is often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which corresponds to the past perfect tense in English. This tense is used to talk about an action that was completed in the past before another action in the past.
Here are three simple examples of its usage in the Plus-que-parfait tense with their English translations:
J’avais composé la chanson avant de partir en tournée. (I had composed the song before going on tour.)
Nous avions composé un orchestre pour le concert de Noël. (We had put together an orchestra for the Christmas concert.)
Elle avait composé plusieurs pièces pour piano avant de devenir célèbre. (She had composed several piano pieces before becoming famous.)
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of composer
|J’avais composé une belle chanson.
|I had composed a beautiful song.
|tu avais composé
|Tu avais composé un texte intéressant.
|You had composed an interesting text.
|il avait composé
|Il avait composé une symphonie.
|He had composed a symphony.
|elle avait composé
|Elle avait composé un poème.
|She had composed a poem.
|on avait composé
|On avait composé une mélodie.
|One had composed a melody.
|nous avions composé
|Nous avions composé une chanson ensemble.
|We had composed a song together.
|vous aviez composé
|Vous aviez composé une musique entraînante.
|You had composed a catchy tune.
|ils avaient composé
|Ils avaient composé une pièce de théâtre.
|They had composed a play.
|elles avaient composé
|Elles avaient composé un opéra.
|They had composed an opera.
Other Conjugations for Composer.
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Composer – 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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