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

Introduction to the verb chamarrer

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The English translation of the French verb chamarrer is “to adorn” or “to decorate.” It is pronounced “shah-mah-ray.”

The word chamarrer comes from the Old French word “chamarrer,” which means “to cover with a chamarre,” a type of garment or cloak. It is most often used in everyday French in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense, which expresses a hypothetical or uncertain action in the past.

Examples of its usage in this tense are:

  1. Il était important que nous chamarrions la salle de réception pour le mariage. (It was important that we adorned the reception hall for the wedding.)
  2. J’aurais aimé que tu chamarrasses ta robe avec des perles. (I wish you had decorated your dress with pearls.)
  3. Il fallait que le sapin soit chamarré de guirlandes pour Noël. (It was necessary that the Christmas tree be decorated with garlands.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je chamarrassse Je voulais que je chamarrassse ma maison pour la fête. I wanted to decorate my house for the party.
tu chamarrasses Si tu avais du temps, tu chamarrasses ta chambre. If you had time, you would decorate your room.
il chamarrât Il se sentirait mieux s’il chamarrât son bureau. He would feel better if he decorated his office.
elle chamarrât Elle voudrait que je chamarrât ma voiture. She would like me to decorate my car.
on chamarrât Si on chamarrât le jardin, il serait plus beau. If one decorated the garden, it would be more beautiful.
nous chamarrassions Si nous chamarrassions plus souvent, notre maison serait magnifique. If we decorated more often, our house would be magnificent.
vous chamarrassiez Si vous chamarrassiez votre magasin, vous auriez plus de clients. If you decorated your store, you would have more customers.
ils chamarrassent S’ils chamarrassent la ville, elle serait plus colorée. If they decorated the city, it would be more colorful.
elles chamarrassent Si elles chamarrassent ensemble, ça serait une belle collaboration. If they decorated together, it would be a beautiful collaboration.

Other Conjugations for Chamarrer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chamarrer
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chamarrer – 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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