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

Introduction to the verb déceler

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The English translation of the French verb déceler is “to uncover” or “to detect”. It is pronounced as “day-suh-leh”.

Déceler comes from the Latin word “decere”, meaning “to reveal” or “to disclose”. It is often used in everyday French in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense, which is used to express a hypothetical or uncertain action in the past.

Three simple examples of déceler in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense with their English translations are:

  1. Je craignais qu’il ne décelât mon mensonge. (I was afraid that he would uncover my lie.)
  2. Il était important que nous décelassions la vérité. (It was important that we uncover the truth.)
  3. J’espérais que tu ne décelasses pas mon intention. (I hoped you wouldn’t detect my intention.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je décelasse Il faudrait que je décelasse des indices. I would need to spot some clues.
tu décelasses Si tu étudies bien, tu décelasses le problème rapidement. If you studied well, you would detect the problem quickly.
il décelât Il se ferait prendre s’il décelât quelque chose. He would get caught if he spotted something.
elle décelât Elle serait contente si elle décelât le mensonge. She would be happy if she detected the lie.
on décelât Si on décelât les erreurs, on pourrait les corriger. If one detected the errors, one could correct them.
nous décelassions Si nous décelassions un danger, nous pourrions l’éviter. If we spotted a danger, we could avoid it.
vous décelassiez Si vous décelassiez les bonnes réponses, vous réussiriez. If you spotted the right answers, you would succeed.
ils décelassent S’ils décelassent des incohérences, ils le diraient. If they spotted any inconsistencies, they would say so.
elles décelassent Si elles décelassent la vérité, elles témoigneraient. If they spotted the truth, they would testify.

Other Conjugations for Déceler.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb déceler
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Déceler – 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.

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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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