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

Introduction to the verb entretoiser

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The English translation of the French verb entretoiser is “to interlace” or “to interweave.” The infinitive form of the verb is pronounced as “ahn-truh-twah-zay.”

The word entretoiser comes from the French word “toise,” which means “a cord or rope used for measuring.” The prefix “entre-” means “between,” so the literal translation of entretoiser is “to place or arrange between ropes.” In everyday French, entretoiser is most commonly used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense in English. This tense is used to describe an action that was completed before another action in the past.

Here are three examples of entretoiser being used in the Plus-que-parfait tense:

  1. J’avais entretoisé les fils avant de les tisser ensemble. (I had interlaced the threads before weaving them together.)
  2. Tu avais entretoisé les lanières pour faire un bracelet. (You had interwoven the strips to make a bracelet.)
  3. Nous avions entretoisé les branches pour construire une cabane. (We had intertwined the branches to build a hut.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais entretoisé J’avais entretoisé les poutres. I had braced the beams.
tu tu avais entretoisé Tu avais entretoisé les murs. You had braced the walls.
il il avait entretoisé Il avait entretoisé les fenêtres. He had braced the windows.
elle elle avait entretoisé Elle avait entretoisé les portes. She had braced the doors.
on on avait entretoisé On avait entretoisé les colonnes. One had braced the columns.
nous nous avions entretoisé Nous avions entretoisé les piliers. We had braced the pillars.
vous vous aviez entretoisé Vous aviez entretoisé les cloisons. You had braced the partitions.
ils ils avaient entretoisé Ils avaient entretoisé les escaliers. They had braced the stairs.
elles elles avaient entretoisé Elles avaient entretoisé les fenêtres. They had braced the windows.

Other Conjugations for Entretoiser.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb entretoiser
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Entretoiser – 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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