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

Introduction to the verb damasser

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The English translation of the French verb damasser is “to collect” or “to gather.” It is pronounced as “dah-mah-seh” in its infinitive form.

The word damasser comes from the Old French word “damasser,” which means to heap or pile up. It is most often used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past tense used to express an action that occurred before another past action.

Three simple examples of its usage in the Plus-que-parfait tense are:

  1. Les enfants avaient damassé des feuilles pour faire un collage. (The children had collected leaves to make a collage.)

  2. J’avais damassé toutes mes économies pour acheter cette voiture. (I had gathered all my savings to buy this car.)

  3. Mes grands-parents avaient damassé des souvenirs de leur voyage en Europe. (My grandparents had collected souvenirs from their trip to Europe.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais damassé J’avais damassé la nappe. I had damasked the tablecloth.
tu tu avais damassé Tu avais damassé le coussin. You had damasked the cushion.
il il avait damassé Il avait damassé le tapis. He had damasked the carpet.
elle elle avait damassé Elle avait damassé les rideaux. She had damasked the curtains.
on on avait damassé On avait damassé les draps. One had damasked the sheets.
nous nous avions damassé Nous avions damassé le fauteuil. We had damasked the armchair.
vous vous aviez damassé Vous aviez damassé le lit. You had damasked the bed.
ils ils avaient damassé Ils avaient damassé le canapé. They had damasked the sofa.
elles elles avaient damassé Elles avaient damassé le tapis. They had damasked the carpet.

Other Conjugations for Damasser.

   
    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb damasser
   

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb damasser
   

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

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

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

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

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb damasser     (this article)

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb damasser

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb damasser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Damasser – 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.
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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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