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

Introduction to the verb contorsionner

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The English translation of the French verb contorsionner is “to contort.” It is pronounced as “kohn-tor-syoh-neh.”

The language origin of contorsionner comes from the French word “contorsion,” which means contortion. In everyday French, it is most often used in the Subjonctif Passé tense, which is a subjunctive mood used in a past tense. This tense is used to express doubt, regret, or hypothetical situations in the past.

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

  1. Il faut que je me sois contorsionné pour atteindre cette étagère. (I must have contorted myself to reach that shelf.)
  2. Je regrette que vous vous soyez contorsionné le dos à cause de ce travail. (I regret that you contorted your back because of this work.)
  3. Il aurait été mieux que tu te sois contorsionné pour éviter cette branche. (It would have been better if you had contorted yourself to avoid that branch.)

English translations:

  1. He must have contorted himself to reach that shelf.
  2. I regret that you contorted your back because of this work.
  3. It would have been better if you had contorted yourself to avoid that branch.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je aie contorsionné Je veux que j’aie contorsionné. I want to have contorted.
tu aies contorsionné Il faut que tu aies contorsionné. You must have contorted.
il ait contorsionné Il a peur qu’il ait contorsionné. He’s afraid he contorted.
elle ait contorsionné Elle espère qu’elle ait contorsionné. She hopes she contorted.
on ait contorsionné On préfère qu’on ait contorsionné. We prefer it to have been contorted.
nous ayons contorsionné Nous souhaitons que nous ayons contorsionné. We wish we had contorted.
vous ayez contorsionné Il est possible que vous ayez contorsionné. It’s possible that you contorted.
ils aient contorsionné Ils sont tristes qu’ils aient contorsionné. They are sad that they contorted.
elles aient contorsionné Elles craignent qu’elles aient contorsionné. They fear that they contorted.

Other Conjugations for Contorsionner.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb contorsionner
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contorsionner – 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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