Introduction to the verb crever
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The English translation of the French verb crever is “to burst” or “to pop.” It is pronounced as [kʁə.ve] in its infinitive form.
The origin of the verb crever can be traced back to the Latin word “crepare,” meaning “to crack” or “to burst.” In everyday French, crever is most often used in the Subjonctif Passé tense, which is a past subjunctive tense used to express doubt, possibility, or emotion.
Il fallait que je crev e la bulle avant qu’elle n’éclate.
Translation: I had to burst the bubble before it burst.
J’aurais aimé que tu crev es les ballons à temps.
Translation: I wish you had popped the balloons on time.
Il a fallu que nous crev ions les pneus pour l’arrêter.
Translation: We had to burst the tires to stop him.
Table of the Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of crever
|Il faut que je aie crevé.
|I must have burst.
|Il est possible que tu aies crevé.
|It’s possible you burst.
|Il est possible qu’il ait crevé.
|It’s possible he burst.
|Elle craint qu’elle ait crevé.
|She fears she burst.
|On veut qu’on ait crevé.
|We want it to have burst.
|Il faut que nous ayons crevé.
|We must have burst.
|Il est important que vous ayez crevé.
|It’s important that you burst.
|Ils doutent qu’ils aient crevé.
|They doubt they burst.
|Elles préfèrent qu’elles aient crevé.
|They prefer they burst.
Other Conjugations for Crever.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever (this article)
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb crever
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Crever – 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.
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:
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).
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).
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).
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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