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

Introduction to the verb démutiser

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The English translation of the French verb démutiser is “to silence” or “to quiet down.” It is pronounced as “day-moo-tea-zay” in its infinitive form.

Démutiser comes from the French prefix “dé-” which means “undo” or “remove,” and the word “mutisme” which means “muteness.” It is most often used in everyday French in the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait tense, which expresses a past action that is hypothetical or uncertain.

Three simple examples of démutiser in the Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait tense with their English translations are:

  1. J’espérais qu’il eût démutisé pendant la réunion. (I was hoping he had silenced during the meeting.)
  2. Elle aurait préféré que les enfants eussent démutisé avant d’aller au lit. (She would have preferred if the children had quieted down before going to bed.)
  3. Nous pensions qu’il eût démutisé après avoir réalisé son erreur. (We thought he had quieted down after realizing his mistake.)

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

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je eusse démutisé J’aurais aimé que je eusse démutisé. I wish I had demutised.
tu eusses démutisé J’aurais aimé que tu eusses démutisé. I wish you had demutised.
il eût démutisé J’aurais aimé qu’il eût démutisé. I wish he had demutised.
elle eût démutisé J’aurais aimé qu’elle eût démutisé. I wish she had demutised.
on eût démutisé J’aurais aimé qu’on eût démutisé. I wish one had demutised.
nous eussions démutisé J’aurais aimé que nous eussions démutisé. I wish we had demutised.
vous eussiez démutisé J’aurais aimé que vous eussiez démutisé. I wish you had demutised.
ils eussent démutisé J’aurais aimé qu’ils eussent démutisé. I wish they had demutised.
elles eussent démutisé J’aurais aimé qu’elles eussent démutisé. I wish they had demutised.

Other Conjugations for Démutiser.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb démutiser
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb démutiser
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Démutiser – 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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