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

Introduction to the verb déluter

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The English translation of the French verb déluter is “to dilute.” It is pronounced as “day-loo-tay.”

The word déluter comes from the Latin word “diluere” meaning “to wash away” or “to dilute.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Subjonctif Passé tense, which is used to express an action that has not yet happened but may happen in the future.

Here are three simple examples of déluter in the Subjonctif Passé tense, with their respective English translations:

  1. Il faut que j’aie déluter le jus avant de le boire. (I must have diluted the juice before drinking it.)
  2. Je suis content que tu aies déluter le vin avec de l’eau. (I am glad that you have diluted the wine with water.)
  3. Mes parents voulaient que nous ayons déluter la soupe avant de la servir. (My parents wanted us to have diluted the soup before serving it.)

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

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

Other Conjugations for Déluter.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb déluter
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Déluter – 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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