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

Introduction to the verb folichonner

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The English translation of the French verb folichonner is “to amuse oneself.” It is pronounced “fo-lee-sho-ne.”

Folichonner is derived from the French word “folichon,” which means “fun” or “playful.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which expresses an action that happened before another action in the past.

Here are three simple examples of folichonner in the Plus-que-parfait tense, with their respective English translations:

  1. Nous avions folichonnĂ© toute la journĂ©e avant d’aller au concert. (We had amused ourselves all day before going to the concert.)

  2. Tu avais folichonné avec tes amis avant de rentrer chez toi. (You had played around with your friends before going back home.)

  3. Ils avaient folichonné ensemble pendant des heures avant de se disputer. (They had been having fun together for hours before they got into a fight.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais folichonnĂ© J’avais folichonnĂ© toute la journĂ©e. I had been having fun all day.
tu tu avais folichonné Tu avais folichonné avec tes amis. You had been having fun with your friends.
il il avait folichonné Il avait folichonné sur la plage. He had been having fun on the beach.
elle elle avait folichonné Elle avait folichonné au parc. She had been having fun at the park.
on on avait folichonné On avait folichonné au concert. One had been having fun at the concert.
nous nous avions folichonné Nous avions folichonné en voyage. We had been having fun while traveling.
vous vous aviez folichonné Vous aviez folichonné en soirée. You had been having fun at the party.
ils ils avaient folichonné Ils avaient folichonné en vacances. They had been having fun on vacation.
elles elles avaient folichonné Elles avaient folichonné toute la nuit. They had been having fun all night.

Other Conjugations for Folichonner.

   
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    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner
   

    PassĂ© Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner
   

    PassĂ© ComposĂ© (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner
   

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

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

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    PassĂ© AntĂ©rieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner

    Futur AntĂ©rieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner

    Subjonctif PrĂ©sent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner

    Subjonctif PassĂ© (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner
   

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

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

    Conditionnel PrĂ©sent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner
   

    Conditionnel PassĂ© (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner

    L’impĂ©ratif PrĂ©sent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner

    L’infinitif PrĂ©sent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb folichonner

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Folichonner – 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 “ĂȘtre” (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 mangĂ© (I had eaten)
   – Tu avais parlĂ© (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 jouĂ© (They had played)
2. With “ĂȘtre” as the auxiliary verb (usually for intransitive verbs or verbs indicating a state):
   – J’Ă©tais parti(e) (I had left)
   – Tu Ă©tais arrivĂ©(e) (You had arrived)
   – Il/elle/on Ă©tait tombĂ©(e) (He/She/One had fallen)
   – Nous Ă©tions restĂ©(e)s (We had stayed)
   – Vous Ă©tiez nĂ©(e)(s) (You had been born)
   – Ils/elles Ă©taient montĂ©(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 mangĂ© avant qu’il ne soit arrivĂ©” (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 arrivĂ©, ils avaient dĂ©jĂ  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 passĂ© composĂ© (simple past) to establish the sequence of past events. The passĂ© composĂ© 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 diffĂ©remment” (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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