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

Introduction to the verb décuivrer

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The English translation of décuivrer is “to remove copper” or “to strip copper”. The infinitive form is pronounced as “de-kwee-vreh”.

The word décuivrer comes from the French prefix “dé-” meaning “to remove” and the word “cuivre” meaning “copper”. It is most often used in everyday French in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense, which is used to express hypothetical or uncertain actions in the past.

Three simple examples of its usage in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense are:

1) Si j’avais pu décuivrer mon vieux pot, je l’aurais gardé. (If I had been able to remove the copper from my old pot, I would have kept it.)
2) Il fallait que tu décuivres le toit avant qu’il ne rouille encore plus. (You had to remove the copper from the roof before it rusted even more.)
3) Nous aurions aimé que vous décuivriez le plafond avant notre arrivée. (We would have liked for you to remove the copper from the ceiling before our arrival.)

English translations:
1) If I had been able to remove the copper from my old pot, I would have kept it.
2) You had to remove the copper from the roof before it rusted even more.
3) We would have liked for you to remove the copper from the ceiling before our arrival.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je décuverais Si je décuvrais la pièce, elle serait plus propre. If I removed the copper from the room, it would be cleaner.
tu décuvrais Si tu décuvrais la voiture, elle fonctionnerait mieux. If you removed the copper from the car, it would work better.
il décuvrait Il serait content si il décuvrait le bateau. He would be happy if he removed the copper from the boat.
elle décuvrait Elle serait satisfaite si elle décuvrait la casserole. She would be satisfied if she removed the copper from the pot.
on décuvrait Si on décuvrait la maison, elle serait plus jolie. If one removed the copper from the house, it would be prettier.
nous décuvrions Si nous décuvrions l’argent, nous serions plus riches. If we removed the copper, we would be richer.
vous décuvriez Si vous décuvriez le métal, vous auriez plus d’options. If you removed the copper, you would have more options.
ils décuvraient S’ils décuvraient le cuivre, ils pourraient le revendre. If they removed the copper, they could sell it.
elles décuvraient Si elles décuvraient le câble, ça serait plus sûr. If they removed the copper from the cable, it would be safer.

Other Conjugations for Décuivrer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb décuivrer
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Décuivrer – 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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