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

Introduction to the verb embieller

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The English translation of the French verb embieller is “to embellish” or “to beautify.” It is pronounced as ahn-bee-yeh.

The word embieller comes from the Old French word “embellir” which means “to make beautiful” or “to decorate.” It is most often used in every day French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense. This tense is used to talk about an action that was completed before another past action.

Three simple examples of its usage in this tense are:

  1. J’avais embelli ma chambre avant que mes invités n’arrivent. (I had embellished my room before my guests arrived.)

  2. Ils avaient embelli leur maison avant de la mettre en vente. (They had beautified their house before putting it up for sale.)

  3. Elle s’était embelli les cheveux pour la soirée. (She had beautified her hair for the party.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais embelli J’avais embelli le jardin. I had embellished the garden.
tu tu avais embelli Tu avais embelli la maison. You had embellished the house.
il il avait embelli Il avait embelli la pièce. He had embellished the room.
elle elle avait embelli Elle avait embelli la vitrine. She had embellished the storefront.
on on avait embelli On avait embelli le paysage. One had embellished the landscape.
nous nous avions embelli Nous avions embelli la ville. We had embellished the city.
vous vous aviez embelli Vous aviez embelli le bâtiment. You had embellished the building.
ils ils avaient embelli Ils avaient embelli le parc. They had embellished the park.
elles elles avaient embelli Elles avaient embelli la rue. They had embellished the street.

Other Conjugations for Embieller.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb embieller
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Embieller – 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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