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

Introduction to the verb approvisionner

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The English translation of the French verb approvisionner is “to supply” or “to stock up”. It is pronounced “a-pro-vee-zyo-nay”.

The language origin of approvisionner comes from the French word “provision”, meaning “supply”. It is used in everyday French to refer to the action of providing or stocking up on goods or resources.

In the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait tense, approvisionner expresses a hypothetical or unrealized action in the past. It is formed by using the auxiliary verb “avoir” conjugated in the Plus-que-parfait tense, followed by the past participle of approvisionner: “aie approvisionnĂ©”, “ai approvisionnĂ©”, “ait approvisionnĂ©”, etc.

  1. J’aurais aimĂ© que tu aies approvisionnĂ© la maison avant notre arrivĂ©e. (I would have liked for you to have stocked up the house before our arrival.)
  2. Il fallait que nous ayons approvisionné le magasin avant la fermeture. (We needed to have supplied the store before closing time.)
  3. Je regrette que vous ayez approvisionné trop de produits périssables. (I regret that you stocked up on too many perishable products.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je eusse approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© que je eusse approvisionnĂ©. I wish I had supplied.
tu eusses approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© que tu eusses approvisionnĂ©. I wish you had supplied.
il eĂ»t approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© qu’il eĂ»t approvisionnĂ©. I wish he had supplied.
elle eĂ»t approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© qu’elle eĂ»t approvisionnĂ©. I wish she had supplied.
on eĂ»t approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© qu’on eĂ»t approvisionnĂ©. I wish one had supplied.
nous eussions approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© que nous eussions approvisionnĂ©. I wish we had supplied.
vous eussiez approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© que vous eussiez approvisionnĂ©. I wish you had supplied.
ils eussent approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© qu’ils eussent approvisionnĂ©. I wish they had supplied.
elles eussent approvisionnĂ© J’aurais aimĂ© qu’elles eussent approvisionnĂ©. I wish they had supplied.

Other Conjugations for Approvisionner.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner
   

    PassĂ© Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner
   

    PassĂ© ComposĂ© (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner
   

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

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

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

    PassĂ© AntĂ©rieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner

    Futur AntĂ©rieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner

    Subjonctif PrĂ©sent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner

    Subjonctif PassĂ© (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner
   

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

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

    Conditionnel PrĂ©sent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner
   

    Conditionnel PassĂ© (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner

    L’impĂ©ratif PrĂ©sent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner

    L’infinitif PrĂ©sent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb approvisionner
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Approvisionner – 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 “ĂȘtre,” 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 eĂ»t, nous eussions, vous eussiez, ils/elles eussent). Add the past participle of the main verb. 
For “ĂȘtre” verbs: Take the imperfect subjunctive form of “ĂȘtre” (e.g., je fusse, tu fusses, il/elle fĂ»t, 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 aimĂ© que tu aies fini ton travail avant que je sois arrivĂ©. (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 eĂ»t dit la vĂ©ritĂ©. (I doubted that he had told the truth.) 
J’aurais souhaitĂ© 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 fĂ»t rentrĂ© avant la fin de la journĂ©e.” (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 rĂ©ussi.” (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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