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

Introduction to the verb apostiller

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The English translation of the French verb apostiller is “to certify” or “to authenticate.” It is pronounced as “ah-poh-stee-yay” in the infinitive form.

The word “apostiller” comes from the French word “apostille,” which means a certification or authentication stamp. It is most often used in legal and administrative contexts to certify documents, signatures, or copies as authentic.

In the Subjonctif Imparfait tense, apostiller is used to express a hypothetical or uncertain action in the past. Here are three simple examples of its usage:

  1. Il fallait que je fasse apostiller le document avant de l’envoyer. (I needed to have the document certified before sending it.)

  2. J’aurais aimé que tu aies apostillé ta signature pour plus de sécurité. (I would have liked for you to have certified your signature for more security.)

  3. Nous voulions que nos copies soient apostillées pour pouvoir les utiliser à l’étranger. (We wanted our copies to be certified so we could use them abroad.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je apostillasse Si j’avais su, je n’aurais pas apostillasse tous mes documents. If I had known, I wouldn’t have notarized all my documents.
tu apostillasses Si tu avais vérifié, tu n’aurais pas apostillasses les mauvais papiers. If you had checked, you wouldn’t have notarized the wrong papers.
il apostillât Je ne pense pas qu’il apostillât tout seul. I don’t think he would notarize on his own.
elle apostillât Nous serons contents si elle apostillât en temps et en heure. We will be happy if she notarizes on time.
on apostillât Si on apostillât maintenant, on aurait plus de temps libre après. If one notarizes now, one would have more free time after.
nous apostillassions Si nous apostillassions en avance, nous éviterions les problèmes. If we notarized in advance, we would avoid problems.
vous apostillassiez Si vous apostillassiez plus tôt, vous ne seriez pas en retard. If you notarized earlier, you wouldn’t be late.
ils apostillassent S’ils apostillassent leurs dossiers correctement, ils obtiendraient le visa. If they notarized their documents properly, they would get the visa.
elles apostillassent Si elles apostillassent ensemble, ça serait plus rapide. If they notarized together, it would be faster.

Other Conjugations for Apostiller.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb apostiller
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apostiller – 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.

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