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

Introduction to the verb déconsigner

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The English translation of the French verb déconsigner is “to release from consignment” or “to unconsign.” The infinitive form, déconsigner, is pronounced “day-con-seen-yay.”

Déconsigner comes from the French prefix “dé-” which means “undo” or “reverse,” and the word “consigner,” which means “to consign” or “to deposit.” In everyday French, déconsigner is most often used in the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait tense, which is the past subjunctive tense and used to express actions or events that occurred before another action in the past.

Here are three simple examples of déconsigner used in the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait tense:

  1. J’étais heureux que tu aies déconsigné le colis avant de partir en vacances. (I was happy that you had released the package before leaving on vacation.)

  2. Il était surpris que nous ayons déconsigné la marchandise sans son autorisation. (He was surprised that we had unconsign the merchandise without his permission.)

  3. Elle était contente que les employés aient déconsigné les produits endommagés avant l’arrivée des clients. (She was happy that the employees had released the damaged products before the arrival of the clients.)

In all of these examples, déconsigner is used to express an action that had already taken place in the past before another action or event. In English, this tense is often translated as “had” + past participle.

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je eusse déconsigné Je regrette que je eusse déconsigné l’objet. I wish I had returned the object.
tu eusses déconsigné Je regrette que tu eusses déconsigné l’objet. I wish you had returned the object.
il eût déconsigné Je regrette qu’il eût déconsigné l’objet. I wish he had returned the object.
elle eût déconsigné Je regrette qu’elle eût déconsigné l’objet. I wish she had returned the object.
on eût déconsigné Je regrette qu’on eût déconsigné l’objet. I wish one had returned the object.
nous eussions déconsigné Je regrette que nous eussions déconsigné l’objet. I wish we had returned the object.
vous eussiez déconsigné Je regrette que vous eussiez déconsigné l’objet. I wish you had returned the object.
ils eussent déconsigné Je regrette qu’ils eussent déconsigné l’objet. I wish they had returned the object.
elles eussent déconsigné Je regrette qu’elles eussent déconsigné l’objet. I wish they had returned the object.

Other Conjugations for Déconsigner.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb déconsigner
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb déconsigner
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Déconsigner – 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.
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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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