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

Introduction to the verb amarrer

Get the Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) tense conjugation of amarrer. Includes a FREE downloadable reference sheet (no email required). Alternatively if you have a lot of text to check then use our free French Grammar Checker – no registration required!

The English translation of the French verb amarrer is “to moor” or “to tie up.” The infinitive form is pronounced “ah-mah-ray.”

Amarrer comes from the Old French word “amarrer” which means “to moor a ship.” It ultimately comes from the Arabic word “amara” which means “to anchor” or “to moor.”

In everyday French, amarrer is most often used in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense to express a hypothetical or uncertain action.

Here are three simple examples of amarrer in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense, with their English translations:

  1. Je voulais que tu amarres le bateau avant que la tempête n’arrive. (I wanted you to moor the boat before the storm arrived.)
  2. Il était important que nous amarrions fermement le navire pour éviter qu’il ne dérive. (It was important for us to firmly moor the ship to prevent it from drifting.)
  3. Il fallait que vous amarriez le bateau au quai avant la tombée de la nuit. (You had to moor the boat to the dock before nightfall.)

Table of the Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of amarrer

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je amarrasse Si je gagnais à la loterie, j’amarrasse mon bateau en Polynésie. If I won the lottery, I would moor my boat in Polynesia.
tu amarrasses Si tu n’avais pas d’argent, tu amarrasses ton bateau à quai. If you had no money, you would dock your boat at the pier.
il amarrât Il serait plus heureux si il amarrât son bateau près de sa famille. He would be happier if he moored his boat near his family.
elle amarrât Elle serait moins fatiguée si elle amarrât son bateau dans un port. She would be less tired if she moored her boat in a port.
on amarrât Si on amarrât le navire correctement, il ne bougerait pas. If one moored the ship correctly, it wouldn’t move.
nous amarrassions Si nous amarrassions les bateaux ensemble, ça irait plus vite. If we moored the boats together, it would go faster.
vous amarrassiez Si vous amarrassiez le bateau, vous pourriez aller à la plage. If you moored the boat, you could go to the beach.
ils amarrassent S’ils amarrassent le bateau à droite, il ne se retournera pas. If they moored the boat to the right, it wouldn’t turn over.
elles amarrassent Si elles amarrassent les bateaux au quai, ils ne flotteraient pas. If they moored the boats at the dock, they wouldn’t float.

Other Conjugations for Amarrer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amarrer
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb amarrer (this article)

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

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

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

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

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

    Struggling with French verbs or the language in general? Why not use our free French Grammar Checker – no registration required!
   

Get a FREE Download Study Sheet of this Conjugation 🔥

Simply right click the image below, click “save image” and get your free reference for the amarrer Subjonctif Imparfait tense conjugation!

Amarrer – About the French Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense

The French Subjonctif Imparfait, also known as the imperfect subjunctive, is a verb tense used to express actions, states, or conditions that are uncertain, subjective, or hypothetical in the past. It is used in a variety of situations, including wishes, doubts, emotions, and polite requests, and often occurs in dependent clauses following certain expressions and conjunctions.

NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Formation

To form the Subjonctif Imparfait, you typically start with the third person plural (ils/elles) form of the verb in the imparfait (imperfect) tense. Then, you remove the -ent ending and add the appropriate endings:

– For regular -er verbs: je -sse, tu -sses, il/elle/on -t, nous -ssions, vous -ssiez, ils/elles -ssent.
– For regular -ir and -re verbs: je -sse, tu -sses, il/elle/on -t, nous -ssions, vous -ssiez, ils/elles -ssent.

Common Everyday Usage Patterns

1. Expressing Doubt or Uncertainty: The Subjonctif Imparfait is used to express doubt or uncertainty about something that happened in the past.

Example: Il doutait qu’elle vînt à la fête. (He doubted that she came to the party.)

2. Wishes and Desires: It is used to express wishes or desires in the past.

Example: J’aurais aimé que tu fusses là. (I would have liked you to be there.)

3. Hypothetical Scenarios: The Subjonctif Imparfait is employed in hypothetical situations in the past.

Example: Si j’eusse su, j’aurais agi différemment. (If I had known, I would have acted differently.)
4. Polite Requests and Suggestions: It is used to make polite requests and suggestions in a formal or polite tone.

Example: Il souhaitait que vous vinssiez lui rendre visite. (He wished that you would come to visit him.)

Interactions with Other Tenses

Subjonctif Présent

The Subjonctif Imparfait is often used in dependent clauses with the Subjonctif Présent in the main clause, especially in complex sentences.

Example: Il faut que tu manges bien pour que tu aies de l’énergie. (You need to eat well so that you have energy.)

Indicatif Passé Composé

The Subjonctif Imparfait can be used alongside the Indicatif Passé Composé to indicate a contrast between a factual event and a hypothetical one.

Example: Il est parti avant que tu ne fusses arrivé. (He left before you arrived.)

Conditional

The Subjonctif Imparfait is often used with the Conditional to express unreal or hypothetical situations in the past.

Example: J’aurais pu le faire si j’eusse eu plus de temps. (I could have done it if I had had more time.)

Conditional Perfect

It can also be used with the Conditional Perfect to express unreal or hypothetical past events that would have occurred before other past events.

Example: J’aurais su s’il eût partagé l’information. (I would have known if he had shared the information.)

Summary

The Subjonctif Imparfait is a relatively complex tense, and its usage depends on the context and the verbs involved. It is essential to practice and become familiar with common expressions and contexts where this tense is appropriate to use it effectively in everyday French communication.

I hope you enjoyed this article on the verb amarrer. Still in a learning mood? Check out another TOTALLY random French verb conjugation!

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply