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

Introduction to the verb détapisser

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The English translation of the French verb détapisser is “to strip wallpaper”. It is pronounced as “day-tah-pea-say”.

The word détapisser is derived from the combination of the prefix “dé-” meaning “undo” or “remove”, and the word “tapisser” meaning “to wallpaper”. It is most often used in everyday French to describe the action of removing wallpaper from a wall or surface.

In the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English, détapisser is used to describe an action that was completed before another past action. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense:

  1. J’avais détapisser la chambre avant de peindre les murs. (I had stripped the bedroom before painting the walls.)
  2. Ils avaient détapisser toute la maison pour la rénover. (They had stripped the entire house to renovate it.)
  3. Nous avions détapisser le salon hier soir, c’était un travail difficile. (We had stripped the living room last night, it was a difficult job.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais détapissé J’avais détapissé la chambre. I had removed the wallpaper in the room.
tu tu avais détapissé Tu avais détapissé le salon. You had removed the wallpaper in the living room.
il il avait détapissé Il avait détapissé le couloir. He had removed the wallpaper in the hallway.
elle elle avait détapissé Elle avait détapissé la cuisine. She had removed the wallpaper in the kitchen.
on on avait détapissé On avait détapissé la salle de bain. One had removed the wallpaper in the bathroom.
nous nous avions détapissé Nous avions détapissé la salle à manger. We had removed the wallpaper in the dining room.
vous vous aviez détapissé Vous aviez détapissé le bureau. You had removed the wallpaper in the office.
ils ils avaient détapissé Ils avaient détapissé la chambre d’amis. They had removed the wallpaper in the guest room.
elles elles avaient détapissé Elles avaient détapissé la chambre d’enfants. They had removed the wallpaper in the children’s room.

Other Conjugations for Détapisser.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détapisser
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Détapisser – 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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