Introduction to the verb mouiller
The English translation of the French verb mouiller is “to wet.” It is pronounced “moo-yay.”
The language origin of mouiller comes from the Old French word “moiller,” which meant “to wet” or “to moisten.” It can be traced back to the Latin word “molliare,” which has the same meaning.
Mouiller is most often used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense. This tense is used to talk about actions that were completed before another past action. For example, “I had already wet the clothes before it started raining.”
Here are three simple examples of using mouiller in the Plus-que-parfait tense:
- J’avais mouillé la table avant de la nettoyer. (I had wet the table before cleaning it.)
- Tu avais déjà mouillé les draps avant de les mettre dans la machine à laver. (You had already wet the sheets before putting them in the washing machine.)
- Il avait mouillé le sol en renversant son verre d’eau. (He had wet the floor by spilling his glass of water.)
In these examples, mouiller is used in its past participle form (mouillé) to indicate that the action was completed before another past action. The Plus-que-parfait tense is often used in storytelling or recounting past events.
Table of the Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of mouiller
|J’avais mouillé le linge.
|I had wet the laundry.
|tu avais mouillé
|Tu avais mouillé le tapis.
|You had wet the carpet.
|il avait mouillé
|Il avait mouillé la plante.
|He had watered the plant.
|elle avait mouillé
|Elle avait mouillé la chemise.
|She had wet the shirt.
|on avait mouillé
|On avait mouillé le sol.
|One had wet the floor.
|nous avions mouillé
|Nous avions mouillé le jardin.
|We had watered the garden.
|vous aviez mouillé
|Vous aviez mouillé le tapis.
|You had wet the carpet.
|ils avaient mouillé
|Ils avaient mouillé le mur.
|They had wet the wall.
|elles avaient mouillé
|Elles avaient mouillé la serviette.
|They had wet the towel.
Other Conjugations for Mouiller.
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Mouiller – 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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