Introduction to the verb cocoter
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The English translation of cocoter is “to coddle” or “to pamper.” It is pronounced as “ko-ko-teh” in its infinitive form.
The word cocoter originates from the French word “cocotte,” which means “a casserole dish” or “a hen.” It is derived from the Latin word “coquere,” which means “to cook.”
In everyday French, cocoter is most often used in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense to express an unreal or hypothetical situation in the past. It is used when the outcome of an action is uncertain or unlikely to happen.
Je préférais que tu me cocotes quand j’étais malade.
Translation: I preferred that you coddled me when I was sick.
Il fallait que nos parents nous cocotent avant de dormir.
Translation: Our parents had to pamper us before bedtime.
Nous aimerions que vous nous cocotiez comme des bébés.
Translation: We would like you to pamper us like babies.
Table of the Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of cocoter
|J’aimerais que je cocotasse moins.
|I wish I cocoted less.
|Si tu cocotasses plus, tu aurais plus de succès.
|If you cocoted more, you would have more success.
|Il faudrait qu’il cocotât avec ses collègues.
|He should cocote with his colleagues.
|Elle souhaiterait qu’elle cocotât mieux.
|She wishes she cocoted better.
|Si on cocotât ensemble, ça serait amusant.
|If we cocoted together, it would be fun.
|Si nous cocotassions plus souvent, nous serions plus proches.
|If we cocoted more often, we would be closer.
|Si vous cocotassiez moins, vous seriez moins fatigués.
|If you cocoted less, you would be less tired.
|S’ils cocotassent ensemble, ils se connaîtraient mieux.
|If they cocoted together, they would know each other better.
|Si elles cocotassent plus, elles seraient plus cultivées.
|If they cocoted more, they would be more cultured.
Other Conjugations for Cocoter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter (this article)
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb cocoter
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Cocoter – 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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