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

Introduction to the verb bretailler

Get the Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) tense conjugation of bretailler. 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 bretailler is “to argue” or “to bicker”. The infinitive form is pronounced “breh-tah-yay”.

Bretailler comes from the Old French word “bretailier”, which means “to argue or fight”. It is derived from the Old High German word “breiten” which means “to widen” or “to spread”.

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

Examples:

  1. Il fallait que nous bretaillions pour décider quoi faire. (We had to argue to decide what to do.)
  2. Je souhaitais que mes parents ne bretaillent pas devant moi. (I wished my parents wouldn’t argue in front of me.)
  3. Il était temps que nous arrêtions de bretailler et que nous trouvions un compromis. (It was time for us to stop arguing and find a compromise.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je bretaillasse Si j’avais le temps, je bretaillasse avec ces politiciens. If I had time, I would bicker with these politicians.
tu bretaillasses Si tu connaissais le sujet, tu bretaillasses plus intelligemment. If you knew the subject, you would bicker more intelligently.
il bretaillât Il serait ennuyé si il bretaillât sans fin. He would be annoyed if he bickered endlessly.
elle bretaillât Elle serait épuisée si elle bretaillât toute la journée. She would be exhausted if she bickered all day.
on bretaillât Si on bretaillât moins, on serait plus productif. If one bickered less, one would be more productive.
nous bretaillions Si nous bretaillions moins, nous arriverions à une solution. If we bickered less, we would come to a solution.
vous bretailliez Si vous bretailliez moins, vous seriez plus détendus. If you bickered less, you would be more relaxed.
ils bretaillaient S’ils bretaillaient moins, ils auraient plus de temps. If they bickered less, they would have more time.
elles bretaillaient Si elles bretaillaient autant qu’avant, elles se fatigueraient. If they bickered as much as before, they would get tired.

Other Conjugations for Bretailler.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb bretailler
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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 bretailler Subjonctif Imparfait tense conjugation!

Bretailler – 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 bretailler. Still in a learning mood? Check out another TOTALLY random French verb conjugation!

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply