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

Introduction to the verb dracher

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The English translation of the French verb dracher is “to pour (rain heavily).” The infinitive form of dracher is pronounced “drah-shay.”

Dracher comes from the Old French word “drehier,” which means “to drip” or “to rain lightly.” It is most commonly used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English. This tense is used to talk about an action that was completed before another past action.

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

  1. Nous avions draché toute la nuit. (We had poured all night.) This sentence implies that the rain had stopped by morning.

  2. Tu avais draché pendant que j’étais à l’épicerie. (You had poured while I was at the grocery store.) This sentence suggests that the rain had started and stopped during the speaker’s absence.

  3. Ils avaient draché avant que nous arrivions à la maison. (They had poured before we arrived home.) This sentence indicates that the rain had already stopped by the time the speakers arrived home.

In each of these examples, the verb dracher is conjugated in the Plus-que-parfait tense to demonstrate an action that had already happened in the past.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais draché J’avais draché toute la nuit. I had rained all night.
tu tu avais draché Tu avais draché sur le jardin. You had rained on the garden.
il il avait draché Il avait draché à torrents. He had rained in torrents.
elle elle avait draché Elle avait draché sur la ville. She had rained over the city.
on on avait draché On avait draché sur la route. One had rained on the road.
nous nous avions draché Nous avions draché à ne pas pouvoir sortir. We had rained so much we couldn’t go out.
vous vous aviez draché Vous aviez draché pendant des heures. You had rained for hours.
ils ils avaient draché Ils avaient draché dans la soirée. They had rained in the evening.
elles elles avaient draché Elles avaient draché toute la journée. They had rained all day.

Other Conjugations for Dracher.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dracher
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dracher – 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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