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

Introduction to the verb rapparier

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The English translation of the French verb rapparier is “to reunite” or “to bring back together.” The infinitive form of rapparier is pronounced “rah-pa-ree-ay.”

The verb rapparier comes from the French word “rapatrier,” which means “to repatriate.” It has its roots in the Latin word “repatriare,” which means “to return to one’s own country.”

In every day French, rapparier 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 was completed before another past action or point in time. It is formed by using the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” in the imparfait tense followed by the past participle of the verb.

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

  1. Nous avions rapparié les deux frères après leur dispute. (We had reunited the two brothers after their argument.)

  2. Elle était retournée dans sa ville natale avant de se rapparié avec ses parents. (She had gone back to her hometown before reuniting with her parents.)

  3. J’avais rapparié les documents égarés avec leur propriétaire. (I had brought back together the lost documents with their owner.)

In these examples, rapparier is used to describe the action of bringing people or things back together in the past, before another action or point in time.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais rapparié J’avais rapparié avec elle. I had reunited with her.
tu tu avais rapparié Tu avais rapparié avec ton frère. You had reunited with your brother.
il il avait rapparié Il avait rapparié avec sa famille. He had reunited with his family.
elle elle avait rapparié Elle avait rapparié avec ses amis. She had reunited with her friends.
on on avait rapparié On avait rapparié avec nos voisins. One had reunited with our neighbors.
nous nous avions rapparié Nous avions rapparié avec nos enfants. We had reunited with our children.
vous vous aviez rapparié Vous aviez rapparié avec votre chien. You had reunited with your dog.
ils ils avaient rapparié Ils avaient rapparié avec leurs cousins. They had reunited with their cousins.
elles elles avaient rapparié Elles avaient rapparié avec leurs sœurs. They had reunited with their sisters.

Other Conjugations for Rapparier.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb rapparier
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rapparier – 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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