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L'affaire fut bientôt faite;
J'eus bientôt fini de manger ;

the business was soon over. I had soon done eating.

Preterpluperfect, or Compound of the Imperfect.

21. The preterplufect is used, as well as the above tense, to express an action past before another, which is past also; but with this difference, that the action expressed by this tense is the principal object of the person who speaks; and the following sentence is subordinate to that expressed by the preterpluperfect. So that, though the time of that subordinate sentence be defined, that of the principal sentence is not the less indeterminate, because the former has no influence on the latter. As when we say,

Nous avions dîné lorsqu'il

arriva ;

we had dined when he arrived;

our principal object is to express the action of dining as past, without determining at what time, but only before an action which is past also, without, however, the latter being a consequence of the former; for we do not mean to say that he stayed, or waited, till we had dined, in order to arrive. Ex.

Je sortirais avec vous, si j'avais I would go with you if I had



Future-past, or Compound.

22. The name of this tense seems at first to imply a contradiction: what is meant by it is, not that an action can be future and past at the same time, but only that the action, which is to come, will be past when another action will happen, or even before it will happen. Ex.

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I wish you may succeed in

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I will wait till he comes.

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Alexandre ordonna que tous ses sujets l'adorassent comme un dieu :

Je voulais que vous écrivissiez

à votre sœur ;

Il souhaiterait que vous prissiez des mesures plus convenables;

Alexander ordered that all his subjects should worship him as a god.

I wished you to write to your sister.

he would wish you to take some more proper step.

27. The preterite of the subjunctive mood is used when we speak of an action past and accomplished, with regard to the tense of the verb which precedes the conjunction; and this tense is generally the present, preterite-indefinite, or future of the indicative.

Je doute qu'aucun philosophe
ait jamais bien connu l'union
de l'âme avec le corps ;

Il a fallu que j'aie consulté
tous les médecins ;
Je me garderai bien d'y aller
que je n'aie reçu quelque as-
surance d'étre bien accueilli;


I doubt whether any philosopher has ever well understood the union of the soul with the body.

I was obliged to consult all the physicians.

I shall by no means go thither till I have received some assurances of being wel


28. After the imperfect, preterite, preterpluperfect of the indicative, or one of the two conditionals, we use the preterpluperfect of the subjunctive mood; likewise after the conjunction si, when it precedes a compound tense. Ex.

J'ignorais que vous eussiez em-
brassé cette profession;
Vous n'aviez pas cru que je
fusse arrivé avant vous;
Nous aurions été fáchés que
vous vous fussiez adressé à
d'autres qu'à nous ;
J'aurais agi de la même ma-
nière, si j'eusse été à votre

I did not know you had em

braced that profession. you did not believe I should have arrived before you. we should have been sorry if you had applied to any others but us.

I should have acted in the same manner, had I been in your place.

Numbers and Persons.

29. A tense contains both numbers, the singular and the plural.

That there are three persons has already been observed

under the personal pronouns; we have only to remark that one of these three persons is always joined to the verb as its subject; therefore the verb must agree with that subject in number and person.

Je fais, I do;

Tu fuis, thou dost ;
Il fuit, he does;


nous faisons, we do.

vous faites, you or ye do.

ils font, they do.

30. The pronoun vous, you, denotes the second person singular and plural, with this difference, that when we speak to one person only, the attribute, or qualifying noun, must be put in the singular.

Etes vous marié, Monsieur! and not maries;


are you married, Sir?

$1. When the verb has two or more nouns or pronouns for its subjects, it must be put in the plural, though all these subjects be in the singular; because two or more nouns in the singular are equivalent to a plural, with regard to verbs as well as to adjectives. Ex.

Mon frère et ma sœur sont partis 2

my brother and sister


32. If the verb has for its subjects one pronoun of the first person and one of the second, the pronoun nous must be added to them, and the verb is to be put in the first person plural; but if one of the subjects is of the second person, and the other of the third, the pronoun vous must follow them, and the verb is to be put in the second person plural. See p. 55, Rule 11. Ex.

Vous et moi, nous partirons demain :

Vous et votre frère, vous me l'avez promis :

you and I shall set off to


you and your brother have promised it to me.

33. In such instances the person spoken to is always to come first, the person spoken of comes next, and the person who speaks is placed the last.



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Are there various ways of expressing the future?
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