Introduction to the verb connecter
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The English translation of the French verb connecter is “to connect.” It is pronounced as “kuh-nek-tey” in its infinitive form.
The word “connecter” comes from the Latin word “connexere,” which means “to bind together.” In everyday French, it is most often used in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense to express a hypothetical or uncertain action or situation in the past.
J’aimerais que tu connectes l’imprimante avant de partir. (I would like you to connect the printer before leaving.)
Il fallait que nous connections le câble pour avoir internet. (We had to connect the cable to get internet.)
Si vous connectiez les deux fils, cela fonctionnerait mieux. (If you connected the two wires, it would work better.)
Table of the Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of connecter
|Si j’avais le temps, je connectasse tous les appareils ensemble.
|If I had the time, I would connect all the devices together.
|Si tu te rappelais le mot de passe, tu connectasses l’ordinateur.
|If you remembered the password, you would connect the computer.
|Il serait content si il connectât le câble à la prise.
|He would be happy if he connected the cable to the outlet.
|Elle serait surprise si elle connectât Internet toute seule.
|She would be surprised if she connected the Internet by herself.
|Si on connectât l’imprimante, on pourrait imprimer.
|If one connected the printer, one could print.
|Si nous connectassions les appareils ensemble, ça serait plus pratique.
|If we connected the devices together, it would be more convenient.
|Si vous connectassiez le câble, ça fonctionnerait mieux.
|If you connected the cable, it would work better.
|S’ils connectassent le réseau, on pourrait se connecter.
|If they connected the network, we could connect.
|Si elles connectassent le wifi, on pourrait accéder à Internet.
|If they connected the wifi, we could access the Internet.
Other Conjugations for Connecter.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter (this article)
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb connecter
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Connecter – 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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