Introduction to the verb doucher
The English translation of the French verb doucher is “to shower” or “to spray.” It is pronounced as “doosh-ay” in its infinitive form.
The verb doucher comes from the Latin word “ductiare” meaning “to lead” or “to direct.” In everyday French, it is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which corresponds to the past perfect tense in English. This tense is used to describe an action that had already been completed before another past action.
Here are 3 simple examples of how doucher is used in the Plus-que-parfait tense:
- J’avais douché avant de partir au travail. (I had showered before leaving for work.)
- Ils avaient déjà douché leur chien quand je suis arrivé. (They had already showered their dog when I arrived.)
- Elle avait douché les plantes avant de partir en vacances. (She had watered the plants before leaving for vacation.)
In each of these examples, the action of showering had already been completed before another past action (leaving for work, arriving, and leaving for vacation). This tense is used to show the chronological sequence of events in the past.
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of doucher
|J’avais douché le chien.
|I had showered the dog.
|tu avais douché
|Tu avais douché le chat.
|You had showered the cat.
|il avait douché
|Il avait douché le bébé.
|He had showered the baby.
|elle avait douché
|Elle avait douché le cheval.
|She had showered the horse.
|on avait douché
|On avait douché le lapin.
|One had showered the rabbit.
|nous avions douché
|Nous avions douché le cochon.
|We had showered the pig.
|vous aviez douché
|Vous aviez douché l’oiseau.
|You had showered the bird.
|ils avaient douché
|Ils avaient douché l’éléphant.
|They had showered the elephant.
|elles avaient douché
|Elles avaient douché le tigre.
|They had showered the tiger.
Other Conjugations for Doucher.
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Doucher – 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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