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

Introduction to the verb couiller

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The English translation of the French verb couiller is “to mess up” or “to screw up.” It is pronounced as “koo-yay” in its infinitive form.

The origin of the word couiller can be traced back to the Latin word “coxa” meaning “hip” or “thigh.” In French, it has evolved to have a more informal and vulgar meaning, often used to describe someone who is clumsy or has made a mistake.

In everyday French, the verb couiller is most often used in the Subjonctif Passé tense, which is used to express actions that are uncertain or hypothetical in the past. Here are three simple examples of its usage in this tense, along with their English translations:

  1. Il est possible que j’aie couillé tout le projet. (It is possible that I messed up the entire project.)
  2. Je regrette que tu aies couillé notre soirée. (I regret that you screwed up our evening.)
  3. Il fallait que nous ayons couillé quelque part pour être arrivés si tard. (We must have messed up somewhere to arrive so late.)

In all of these examples, the verb couiller is used to express a sense of regret or frustration about a past action or event. It is often used in a casual or colloquial manner in spoken French.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je aie couillé Je suis content que j’aie couillé. I’m happy that I fucked.
tu aies couillé Il ne croit pas que tu aies couillé. He doesn’t believe you fucked.
il ait couillé Il est possible qu’il ait couillé. It’s possible he fucked.
elle ait couillé Elle est triste qu’elle ait couillé. She’s sad that she fucked.
on ait couillé On veut qu’on ait couillé. We want it to have been fucked.
nous ayons couillé Nous sommes ravis que nous ayons couillé. We’re thrilled that we fucked.
vous ayez couillé Il est important que vous ayez couillé. It’s important that you fucked.
ils aient couillé Ils ricanent qu’ils aient couillé. They laugh that they fucked.
elles aient couillé Chacune espère qu’elle ait couillé. Each one hopes that she fucked.

Other Conjugations for Couiller.

   
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    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb couiller
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Couiller – 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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