Traduire les impératifs, infinitifs et participes
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French and English have a number of important differences in verb tenses and moods, which can make translating the various conjugations from one language to the other a bit tricky, as explained in the intro to this lesson: French verb conjugation translations.
Please be sure to keep all of that in mind as you look at the verb donner (to give) conjugated into the impersonal and imperative forms. I can’t list every possible translation, but this should give you a pretty good idea of how all the French and English verb conjugations fit together. For a more in-depth look, click the name of any French verb form for the detailed lesson.
|(tu)||aie donné||have given|
|(nous)||ayons donné||let’s have given|
|(vous||ayez donné||have given|
The French infinitive donner may be equivalent to
- to give (English infinitive)
- give (base form)
- giving (gerund)
This French verb form is particularly difficult to attach to a specific English translation; avoir donné is literally "to have given," but is more likely to be translated by giving, having given, about giving ….
donné given, gave
ayant donné having given
More about translating French verb conjugations
- Translating simple conjugations
- Translating compound conjugations
- Translating imperatives, infinitives, and participles
- Personal vs impersonal moods
- Simple and compound French verb conjugations
- Translating modal verbs into French
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