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

Introduction to the verb procrastiner

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The English translation of the French verb procrastiner is “to procrastinate.” The infinitive form of the verb is pronounced “proh-krahs-tee-ne.”

The word procrastiner comes from the Latin word procrastinare, which means “to put off until tomorrow.” It is a combination of the prefix pro- meaning “forward” and crastinus meaning “of tomorrow.”

In everyday French, procrastiner is most often used in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense. This tense is used to describe an action that happened before another past action. For example, “I had procrastinated before I finally finished my project.”

Here are three simple examples of its usage in the Plus-que-parfait tense:

  1. J’avais procrastinĂ© pendant des jours avant de commencer Ă  rĂ©viser pour l’examen. (I had procrastinated for days before starting to study for the exam.)

  2. Tu avais procrastinĂ© jusqu’au dernier moment et tu as dĂ» rendre ton travail en retard. (You had procrastinated until the last moment and had to turn in your assignment late.)

  3. Il avait procrastinĂ© tout l’Ă©tĂ© et maintenant il doit se dĂ©pĂȘcher pour trouver un travail. (He had procrastinated all summer and now he has to hurry to find a job.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais procrastinĂ© J’avais procrastinĂ© toute la journĂ©e. I had procrastinated all day.
tu tu avais procrastiné Tu avais procrastiné pour finir le projet. You had procrastinated to finish the project.
il il avait procrastiné Il avait procrastiné pour aller au travail. He had procrastinated to go to work.
elle elle avait procrastiné Elle avait procrastiné pour faire ses devoirs. She had procrastinated to do her homework.
on on avait procrastiné On avait procrastiné pour prendre une décision. One had procrastinated to make a decision.
nous nous avions procrastiné Nous avions procrastiné pour réserver nos billets. We had procrastinated to book our tickets.
vous vous aviez procrastiné Vous aviez procrastiné pour répondre aux e-mails. You had procrastinated to answer emails.
ils ils avaient procrastiné Ils avaient procrastiné pour préparer le dßner. They had procrastinated to prepare dinner.
elles elles avaient procrastiné Elles avaient procrastiné pour faire du sport. They had procrastinated to exercise.

Other Conjugations for Procrastiner.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb procrastiner
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Procrastiner – 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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