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

Introduction to the verb canuler

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The English translation of the French verb canuler is “to coil” or “to curl up.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “kah-nu-leh.”

The word canuler comes from the Latin word “cannula” meaning “small tube” and was first used in the early 19th century in the French language. In everyday French, canuler is most often used in the Subjonctif Passé tense to express a desired or hypothetical action in the past.

Examples:

  1. Ils ont exigé que je canule mes cheveux avant la soirée.
    (They demanded that I coil my hair before the party.)

  2. Il souhaitait que sa femme puisse canuler ses jambes autour de lui.
    (He wished that his wife could coil her legs around him.)

  3. Elle aurait préféré que son chat se soit canulé sur ses genoux.
    (She would have preferred that her cat had curled up on her lap.)

Table of the Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of canuler

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je aie canulé Je doute que j’aie canulé. I doubt that I canulate.
tu aies canulé Il faut que tu aies canulé. You must have canulated.
il ait canulé Il est possible qu’il ait canulé. It’s possible he canulated.
elle ait canulé Elle craint qu’elle ait canulé. She fears she canulated.
on ait canulé On veut qu’on ait canulé. We want it to have been canulated.
nous ayons canulé Espérons que nous ayons canulé. Let’s hope we canulate.
vous ayez canulé Il est important que vous ayez canulé. It’s important that you canulated.
ils aient canulé Ils doutent qu’ils aient canulé. They doubt they canulated.
elles aient canulé Elles préfèrent qu’elles aient canulé. They prefer they canulated.

Other Conjugations for Canuler.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canuler
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb canuler     (this article)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canuler – About the French Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense

The French Subjonctif Passé is a verb tense used to express actions or states that are uncertain, hypothetical, or dependent on some condition in the past. It’s often used in conjunction with the main verb in the present or future tense to convey various nuances of doubt, desire, necessity, or emotion.

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Formation of the Subjonctif Passé

To form the Subjonctif Passé, you generally need to start with the third person plural (ils/elles) form of the passé composé (a compound past tense). Then, drop the subject and replace it with the appropriate Subjonctif endings. The endings are the same for regular -er, -ir, and -re verbs:

   – For -er verbs: -e, -es, -e, -ions, -iez, -ent
   – For -ir verbs: -isse, -isses, -ît, -issions, -issiez, -issent
   – For -re verbs: -e, -es, -e, -ions, -iez, -ent

For example, if you have the verb “parler” (to speak) in the third person plural passé composé, which is “ils ont parlé” (they spoke), the Subjonctif Passé form would be “qu’ils aient parlé” (that they spoke).

Everyday Usage Patterns

The Subjonctif Passé is commonly used in various situations:

– Expressing doubt or uncertainty: It’s used when you’re not certain about the completion of an action in the past. For example, “Je doute qu’il ait mangé” (I doubt that he ate).

– Desires and preferences: When you want or wish for something to have happened in the past. For instance, “Je préfère que tu aies réussi” (I prefer that you have succeeded).

– Expressing emotions: To convey emotions or feelings related to past actions or events. For example, “Il est content que nous ayons gagné” (He is happy that we won).

– Hypothetical situations: When discussing hypothetical or unreal past situations. For example, “Si j’avais su, j’aurais souhaité qu’ils aient été là” (If I had known, I would have wished they had been there).

Interactions with Other Tenses

The Subjonctif Passé often interacts with other tenses to convey specific meanings:

Present tense

It’s commonly used after expressions of doubt, desire, necessity, or emotion in the present. For example, “Il faut que tu aies fini” (You must have finished).

Future tense

It’s used in the future for hypothetical or unreal actions in the past when the main clause is in the future. For example, “Je douterai qu’ils aient terminé demain” (I will doubt that they have finished tomorrow).

Conditional

When the main clause is in the conditional, the Subjonctif Passé can be used to express unreal or hypothetical actions in the past. For instance, “Il voudrait que nous ayons réussi” (He would like us to have succeeded).

Summary

The Subjonctif Passé is a versatile tense used in French to convey uncertainty, doubt, desire, or hypothetical situations related to past actions. It is used in various everyday contexts and interacts with other tenses to express specific nuances in the language.

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