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

Introduction to the verb abreuver

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The English translation of the French verb abreuver is “to water” or “to irrigate.” It is pronounced “ah-bruh-vay.”

The word abreuver comes from the Latin verb “abreviare,” meaning “to shorten.” In French, it was first used in the 12th century to refer to the action of giving water to animals. Later, it came to also mean “to water” in the sense of giving plants or crops the necessary moisture for growth.

In everyday French, abreuver is most often used in the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait tense to express a past action or state that should have happened before another past action or state. It is used to convey a sense of obligation or necessity in the past.

Here are three simple examples of abreuver used in the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait tense with their English translations:

  1. J’aurais dû abreuver les fleurs avant qu’il ne fasse trop chaud. (I should have watered the flowers before it got too hot.)
  2. Il fallait que tu aies abreuvé les chevaux avant la course. (You had to have watered the horses before the race.)
  3. Nous aurions aimé que vous eussiez abreuvé le jardin pendant notre absence. (We would have liked for you to have watered the garden while we were away.)

Table of the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of abreuver

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je eusse abreuvé Je souhaitais qu’il eusse abreuvé ses plantes. I wished he had watered his plants.
tu eusses abreuvé Je souhaitais que tu eusses abreuvé tes animaux. I wished you had watered your animals.
il eût abreuvé Je souhaitais qu’il eût abreuvé le jardin. I wished he had watered the garden.
elle eût abreuvé Je souhaitais qu’elle eût abreuvé les fleurs. I wished she had watered the flowers.
on eût abreuvé Je souhaitais qu’on eût abreuvé les cultures. I wished one had watered the crops.
nous eussions abreuvé Je souhaitais que nous eussions abreuvé les plantes. I wished we had watered the plants.
vous eussiez abreuvé Je souhaitais que vous eussiez abreuvé les arbres. I wished you had watered the trees.
ils eussent abreuvé Je souhaitais qu’ils eussent abreuvé le terrain. I wished they had watered the field.
elles eussent abreuvé Je souhaitais qu’elles eussent abreuvé les cultures. I wished they had watered the crops.

Other Conjugations for Abreuver.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb abreuver
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb abreuver
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Abreuver – About the French Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense

The French Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait, also known as the Pluperfect Subjunctive, is a verb tense used to express actions or states that occurred before another action in the past, and it’s used in situations where the indicative mood is in the past subjunctive or conditional mood.
NOTE: To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see my article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Formation

To form the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait, you start with the imperfect subjunctive form of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être,” followed by the past participle of the main verb. 
For “avoir” verbs: Take the imperfect subjunctive form of “avoir” (e.g., j’eusse, tu eusses, il/elle eût, nous eussions, vous eussiez, ils/elles eussent). Add the past participle of the main verb. 
For “être” verbs: Take the imperfect subjunctive form of “être” (e.g., je fusse, tu fusses, il/elle fût, nous fussions, vous fussiez, ils/elles fussent). Add the past participle of the main verb.

Common Everyday Usage Patterns

Hypothetical Situations

The Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait is often used to express hypothetical or unreal actions that occurred before another past action.
For example: J’aurais aimé que tu aies fini ton travail avant que je sois arrivé. (I would have liked for you to have finished your work before I arrived.) 

Reported Speech

In reported speech, you may use the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait to convey what someone said or thought in the past. 
For example: Il m’a dit qu’il avait peur que je n’aie pas compris. (He told me that he was afraid that I hadn’t understood.) 

Doubt, Wishes, and Emotions

This tense can also be used to express doubt, wishes, and emotions about past actions. 
For example: Je doutais qu’il eût dit la vérité. (I doubted that he had told the truth.) 
J’aurais souhaité que tu fusses venu. (I would have wished for you to have come.)

Interactions with Other Tenses

Present Subjunctive

The Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait can be used to describe past actions when the main verb is in the present subjunctive. 
For example: “Il faut que j’aie fini mon travail avant que tu partes.” (I must have finished my work before you leave.) 

Imperfect Subjunctive

It’s common to use the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait with the imperfect subjunctive in complex sentences. 
For example: “Il m’avait dit qu’il fût rentré avant la fin de la journée.” (He had told me that he had returned before the end of the day.) 

Conditional

When the main verb is in the conditional mood, the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait can be used to express past unreal conditions. 
For example: “Si j’avais su, j’aurais voulu que tu aies réussi.” (If I had known, I would have wanted you to have succeeded.)

Summary

The Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait is a complex tense used to convey nuanced meanings in French. While its usage may seem intricate, it becomes more intuitive with practice and exposure to the language. It’s important to understand the context in which it’s used, as it often conveys subtleties of time, conditionality, and emotion in French sentences.

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