Introduction to the verb désaxer
The English translation of the French verb désaxer is “to unsettle” or “to unbalance.” It is pronounced as “day-zak-say” in the infinitive form.
The word désaxer comes from the prefix “dé-” which means “undo” or “reverse” and the noun “axe” which means “axis.” Therefore, désaxer literally means “to reverse the axis” or “to take something off its axis.”
In everyday French, désaxer 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 had already been completed in the past before another action took place. It is formed with the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” in the imperfect tense, followed by the past participle of the verb.
Here are three examples of désaxer in the Plus-que-parfait tense with their English translations:
- J’avais désaxé ma valise avant de partir en voyage. (I had unsettled/unbalanced my suitcase before leaving on my trip.)
- Tu avais désaxé le vase en le déplaçant sur la table. (You had unbalanced the vase by moving it on the table.)
- Les ouvriers avaient désaxé la machine en la démontant pour la réparer. (The workers had unsettled/unbalanced the machine while dismantling it for repair.)
In all three examples, désaxer is used to describe an action that had been completed in the past (before the main action in the sentence) and had caused something to become unbalanced or unsettled.
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of désaxer
|J’avais désaxé le meuble.
|I had unbalanced the furniture.
|tu avais désaxé
|Tu avais désaxé le tableau.
|You had unbalanced the painting.
|il avait désaxé
|Il avait désaxé le vase.
|He had unbalanced the vase.
|elle avait désaxé
|Elle avait désaxé la chaise.
|She had unbalanced the chair.
|on avait désaxé
|On avait désaxé le miroir.
|One had unbalanced the mirror.
|nous avions désaxé
|Nous avions désaxé le meuble.
|We had unbalanced the furniture.
|vous aviez désaxé
|Vous aviez désaxé la lampe.
|You had unbalanced the lamp.
|ils avaient désaxé
|Ils avaient désaxé la table.
|They had unbalanced the table.
|elles avaient désaxé
|Elles avaient désaxé le lit.
|They had unbalanced the bed.
Other Conjugations for Désaxer.
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Désaxer – 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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