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

Introduction to the verb recalcifier

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The English translation of the French verb recalcifier is “to recalcify.”

The infinitive form of recalcifier is pronounced as “reh-kahl-see-fee-yay.”

Recalcifier is derived from the Latin word “calcificare,” meaning “to make hard.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past perfect tense.

Three simple examples of recalcifier in the Plus-que-parfait tense, with their English translations, are:

  1. J’avais recalcifié mes os avec des suppléments de calcium avant de commencer l’entraînement. (I had recalcified my bones with calcium supplements before starting the training.)

  2. Tu avais recalcifié ton émail dentaire en utilisant un dentifrice spécial. (You had recalcified your tooth enamel by using a special toothpaste.)

  3. Elle avait recalcifié son cœur grâce à un mode de vie plus sain. (She had recalcified her heart through a healthier lifestyle.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
je j’avais recalifié J’avais recalifié le lait. I had recalcified the milk.
tu tu avais recalifié Tu avais recalifié la solution. You had recalcified the solution.
il il avait recalifié Il avait recalifié les os. He had recalcified the bones.
elle elle avait recalifié Elle avait recalifié l’eau. She had recalcified the water.
on on avait recalifié On avait recalifié la nourriture. One had recalcified the food.
nous nous avions recalifié Nous avions recalifié le lait. We had recalcified the milk.
vous vous aviez recalifié Vous aviez recalifié le médicament. You had recalcified the medicine.
ils ils avaient recalifié Ils avaient recalifié les aliments. They had recalcified the food.
elles elles avaient recalifié Elles avaient recalifié la solution. They had recalcified the solution.

Other Conjugations for Recalcifier.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb recalcifier
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recalcifier – 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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