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

Introduction to the verb détrôner

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The English translation of the French verb détrôner is “to dethrone.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “day-troneh.”

The language origin of détrôner can be traced back to the Latin word “dētrōnāre,” meaning “to remove from the throne.” In modern French, it is used in many contexts to refer to the act of removing a ruler or leader from their position.

In the Subjonctif Imparfait tense, détrôner is most often used in hypothetical or uncertain situations. It is used to express a wish or possibility, rather than a definite action.

Here are three simple examples of its usage in the Subjonctif Imparfait tense, with their respective English translations:

  1. Je souhaitais que tu détrônasses le roi. (I wished that you would dethrone the king.)
  2. Il fallait qu’elle détrônât sa propre sœur pour prendre le pouvoir. (She had to dethrone her own sister to take power.)
  3. Nous espérions que le peuple détrônât son tyran. (We hoped that the people would dethrone their tyrant.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je détrônasse Si j’avais un meilleur cheval, je détrônasse le champion. If I had a better horse, I would dethrone the champion.
tu détrônasses Si tu travaillais plus, tu détrônasses tes compétiteurs. If you worked harder, you would dethrone your competitors.
il détrônât Il souhaiterait qu’il détrônât son propre frère. He wishes he could dethrone his own brother.
elle détrônât Elle serait contente si elle détrônât sa rivale. She would be happy if she dethroned her rival.
on détrônât Si on détrônât le roi, ça causerait une révolution. If one dethroned the king, it would cause a revolution.
nous détrônassions Si nous détrônassions le tyran, le peuple serait libre. If we dethroned the tyrant, the people would be free.
vous détrônassiez Si vous n’arrêtiez pas, vous détrônassiez les autres. If you didn’t stop, you would dethrone the others.
ils détrônassent S’ils travaillaient plus dur, ils détrônassent le champion. If they worked harder, they would dethrone the champion.
elles détrônassent Si elles se coordonnaient, elles détrônassent leurs ennemies. If they coordinated, they would dethrone their enemies.

Other Conjugations for Détrôner.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb détrôner
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Détrôner – 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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