Introduction to the verb chouriner
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The English translation of the French verb chouriner is “to nag” or “to pester”. The infinitive form of chouriner is pronounced “shoo-ree-nay”.
The word chouriner comes from the French dialect word “chourine” which means “to grumble” or “to complain”. It is most often used in everyday French in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense, which is used to express an action or condition that is uncertain, hypothetical, or unlikely to happen.
Examples of the usage of chouriner in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense are:
- J’aimerais que tu ne chourines pas autant. (I would like for you to not nag so much.)
- Il fallait que je chourine pour qu’elle fasse ses devoirs. (I had to nag her so she would do her homework.)
- Il était temps que tu arrêtes de chouriner. (It was time for you to stop nagging.)
- I wish you wouldn’t nag so much.
- I had to nag her so she would do her homework.
- It was time for you to stop nagging.
Table of the Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of chouriner
|Si j’étais plus patient, je chourinasse moins.
|If I were more patient, I would complain less.
|Si tu n’étais pas si têtu, tu chourinasses moins.
|If you weren’t so stubborn, you would complain less.
|Il serait plus calme si il chourinât moins.
|He would be calmer if he complained less.
|Elle aurait moins de soucis si elle chourinât moins.
|She would have less worries if she complained less.
|Si on chourinât moins, on profiterait plus.
|If one complained less, one would enjoy more.
|Si nous chourinassions ensemble, ça serait moins lourd.
|If we complained together, it would be less burdensome.
|Si vous chourinassiez moins, vous vous amuseriez plus.
|If you complained less, you would have more fun.
|S’ils chourinassent moins, ils seraient plus heureux.
|If they complained less, they would be happier.
|Si elles chourinassent moins bruyamment, ça serait plus agréable.
|If they complained less loudly, it would be more pleasant.
Other Conjugations for Chouriner.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner (this article)
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb chouriner
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Chouriner – 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.
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
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.)
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.)
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.)
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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