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

Introduction to the verb découper

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The English translation of the French verb découper is “to cut out” or “to carve.” The infinitive form is pronounced as “day-koo-pay.”

The word découper comes from the Old French word “descouper,” which means “to cut into pieces.” It is derived from the Latin word “discooperire,” which has the same meaning.

In everyday French, découper is often used in the Subjonctif Présent tense to express a desire, a wish, or a hypothetical situation. It is typically used after certain verbs and expressions such as “vouloir que” (to want), “il faut que” (it is necessary), “je souhaite que” (I hope), and “j’aimerais que” (I would like).

Examples:

  1. Je souhaite que tu découpes les légumes pour la salade. (I hope that you cut the vegetables for the salad.)
  2. Il faut que tu découpes le papier en forme de coeur. (It is necessary for you to cut the paper in the shape of a heart.)
  3. J’aimerais que tu découpes les images dans le magazine pour mon collage. (I would like you to cut out the images in the magazine for my collage.)

Table of the Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of découper

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je découpe Il faut que je découpe la viande. I must cut the meat.
tu découpes Je préfère que tu découpes. I prefer you cut.
il découpe Il est possible qu’il découpe. It’s possible he cuts.
elle découpe Elle veut que j’elle découpe. She wants her to cut.
on découpe Il est important qu’on découpe. It’s important we cut.
nous découpions Il est préférable que nous découpions. It’s preferable we cut.
vous découpiez Il est nécessaire que vous découpiez. It’s necessary you cut.
ils découpent Il est essentiel qu’ils découpent. It’s essential they cut.
elles découpent Il est crucial qu’elles découpent. It’s crucial they cut.

Other Conjugations for Découper.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb découper
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb découper (this article)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb découper

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Découper – About the French Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense

The French Subjonctif Présent, often referred to simply as the “subjunctive mood,” is a verb tense used to express doubt, uncertainty, subjectivity, and emotions. It is not used to describe actions or facts that are considered certain or objective. Here, I will explain the Subjonctif Présent tense, its common everyday usage patterns, and how it interacts with other tenses in French.
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Formation of the Subjonctif Présent

To form the Subjonctif Présent tense for regular verbs, you typically follow these rules

1. Start with the third-person plural (ils/elles) form of the present tense of the verb.
2. Remove the -ent ending.
3. Add the appropriate endings for each verb group:
   – For -er verbs: e, es, e, ions, iez, ent.
   – For -ir verbs: e, es, e, issions, issiez, issent.
   – For -re verbs: e, es, e, ions, iez, ent.

Common Everyday Usage Patterns

1. Expressing Uncertainty and Doubt. The Subjonctif Présent is commonly used to express uncertainty, doubt, or subjective feelings. For example:
   – Je doute qu’il vienne. (I doubt he is coming.)
   – Il est possible que nous ayons des problèmes. (It is possible that we will have problems.)

2. Emotions and Desires. You use the subjunctive to express emotions, desires, hopes, and wishes.
   – Je veux que tu sois heureux. (I want you to be happy.)
   – J’aimerais que vous veniez à la fête. (I would like you to come to the party.)

3. Impersonal Expressions. Some impersonal expressions require the Subjonctif Présent, such as “il est important que” (it is important that), “il est nécessaire que” (it is necessary that), or “il faut que” (it is necessary that).
   – Il est nécessaire que nous partions. (It is necessary that we leave.)

4. Expressions of Possibility and Hypothesis. Subjunctive can be used to express possibilities and hypotheses:
   – Si j’étais riche, je voyagerais. (If I were rich, I would travel.)

Interactions with Other Tenses

The Subjonctif Présent can interact with other tenses in various ways:

1. Present Subjunctive with Present Indicative. Often, the Subjonctif Présent is used alongside the present indicative to express a contrast between certainty and uncertainty. For example:
   – Il est sûr que tu viens. (It’s certain that you are coming.)
   – Il est possible que tu viennes. (It’s possible that you are coming.)

2. Past Subjunctive with Past Indicative. The Subjonctif Passé is used in conjunction with past indicative tenses to express doubt, uncertainty, or emotion about past actions or events.
   – J’étais triste qu’il soit parti. (I was sad that he had left.)

3. Future Subjunctive with Future Indicative. The Subjonctif Futur can be used with future indicative tenses to express doubt or uncertainty about future actions.
   – J’espère qu’il viendra. (I hope he will come.)

4. Conditional and Subjunctive. The Subjonctif Présent is often used with the conditional mood to express hypothetical or unreal situations.
   – Si j’avais de l’argent, je voyagerais. (If I had money, I would travel.)

Summary

The Subjonctif Présent is a mood used to convey uncertainty, doubt, emotions, and desires. It interacts with other tenses in French to create a wide range of nuanced expressions in both everyday conversation and more complex contexts.

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