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

Introduction to the verb disséminer

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The English translation of the French verb disséminer is “to disseminate” or “to spread.” It is pronounced as “dee-seh-mee-nay.”

The word disséminer comes from the Latin word disseminare, which means “to scatter” or “to spread abroad.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense.

Here are three examples of disséminer being used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, with their respective English translations:

  1. J’avais disséminé des flyers dans tout le quartier. (I had disseminated flyers throughout the neighborhood.)

  2. Elle avait disséminé des graines dans son jardin pour voir quelles fleurs pousseraient. (She had spread seeds in her garden to see which flowers would grow.)

  3. Les nouvelles avaient été disséminées rapidement grâce aux médias sociaux. (The news had been spread quickly through social media.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais disséminé J’avais disséminé des graines dans le jardin. I had scattered seeds in the garden.
tu tu avais disséminé Tu avais disséminé des flyers dans la ville. You had disseminated flyers in the city.
il il avait disséminé Il avait disséminé des informations sur internet. He had disseminated information on the internet.
elle elle avait disséminé Elle avait disséminé des fleurs sur la table. She had scattered flowers on the table.
on on avait disséminé On avait disséminé des idées dans la réunion. One had spread ideas in the meeting.
nous nous avions disséminé Nous avions disséminé des cadeaux pendant la fête. We had distributed gifts during the party.
vous vous aviez disséminé Vous aviez disséminé des affiches dans la rue. You had posted posters in the street.
ils ils avaient disséminé Ils avaient disséminé des souvenirs lors du voyage. They had scattered memories during the trip.
elles elles avaient disséminé Elles avaient disséminé des informations dans leurs rapports. They had disseminated information in their reports.

Other Conjugations for Disséminer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb disséminer
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Disséminer – 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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