Introduction to the verb dodeliner
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The English translation of the French verb dodeliner is “to nod” or “to sway.” The infinitive form is pronounced “doh-duh-lee-nay.”
The word dodeliner comes from the French word “dodeline,” which means “to rock back and forth.” It is derived from the Middle Dutch word “dodelen,” which has the same meaning.
In everyday French, dodeliner is most often used in the Subjonctif Passé tense, which is the subjunctive mood in the past tense. This tense is used to express doubt, uncertainty, or a hypothetical situation in the past.
Here are three examples of dodeliner in the Subjonctif Passé tense:
- Il faut que tu aies dodeliné. (You must have nodded.)
- Je doute qu’il ait dodeliné. (I doubt that he nodded.)
- Nous aurions préféré qu’elle ait dodeliné. (We would have preferred that she had nodded.)
Note: In English, the Subjonctif Passé tense is often translated using “would have” + past participle.
Table of the Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of dodeliner
||Il est possible que j’aie dodeliné.
||It’s possible I nodded.
||Tu crois que tu aies dodeliné ?
||Do you think you nodded?
||Il est évident qu’il ait dodeliné.
||It’s evident he nodded.
||Elle veut que j’aie dodeliné.
||She wants me to have nodded.
||On exige qu’on ait dodeliné.
||We demand it to have been nodded.
||Il est probable que nous ayons dodeliné.
||It’s probable we nodded.
||Je suis contente que vous ayez dodeliné.
||I’m glad that you nodded.
||Ils pensent qu’ils aient dodeliné.
||They think they nodded.
||Elles n’aiment pas qu’elles aient dodeliné.
||They don’t like to have nodded.
Other Conjugations for Dodeliner.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner (this article)
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb dodeliner
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Dodeliner – 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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