DÉFAIRE - TO TAKE DOWN, TO DISMANTLE

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DÉFAIRE - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS - PRESENT
DÉFAIRE is an irregular verb 
présent de l'indicatif
negative?
jedéfais
tudéfais
ildéfait
nousdéfaisons
vousdéfaites
ildéfont
présent de l'indicatif
positive?
jenedéfaispas 
tunedéfaispas 
ilnedéfaitpas 
nousnedéfaisonspas 
vousnedéfaitespas 
ilnedéfontpas 
[DÉFAIRE]
DÉFAIRE
TO TAKE DOWN,  TO DISMANTLE
It means that only irregular verbs ending with [-FAIRE] have the same pattern: We call it irregular for this reason. It’s regular with its mates but it has an irregular pattern when compared with the 7000 other verbs in the French language. DÉFAIRE belongs to the 3rd group. In the 3rd group, all the verbs are irregular. Good news: only 25% of all French verbs are irregular. Bad news: this 25% contain the most important verbs for beginners.
PRÉSENT DE L'INDICATIF

This tense is used most of the time. It indicates an action which is happening at the present time or a habitual action.

WHAT'S A TENSE ? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB DÉFAIRE
What can you do with the present tense ? 
passé récent
negative?
jeviensdedéfaire
tuviensdedéfaire
ilvientdedéfaire
nousvenonsdedéfaire
vousvenezdedéfaire
ilsviennentdedéfaire
passé récent
positive?
jenevienspasdedéfaire 
tunevienspasdedéfaire 
ilnevientpasdedéfaire 
nousnevenonspasdedéfaire 
vousnevenezpasdedéfaire 
ilsneviennentpasdedéfaire 
futur proche
negative?
jevaisdéfaire
tuvasdéfaire
ilvadéfaire
nousallonsdéfaire
vousallezdéfaire
ilsvontdéfaire
futur proche
positive?
jenevaispasdéfaire 
tunevaspasdéfaire 
ilnevapasdéfaire 
nousn'allonspasdéfaire 
vousn'allezpasdéfaire 
ilsnevontpasdéfaire 
impératif
negative?
défais
défaisons
défaites
impératif
positive?
 
nedéfaispas 
 
nedéfaisonspas 
nedéfaitespas 
 
Well, with the present tense you can describe actions which are occurring now, in the present. But you can do many other things with it too. Look below and you will see that, in French, you can use the present tense combined with other features in such a way that it means something totally different.
IMPÉRATIF

The French imperative (the command tense) of 1st group verbs is very easy to learn. It is used to express command or a request. It's actually the normal present tense but a shorter version.

It is formed
by dropping the "I, you, he, she, we, you, they", of the present tense. Then you erase nearly all the persons but 3; the "you" singular, the "you" plural and the "we" plural.

FUTUR PROCHE

The "futur proche" (near future) is made of the present tense plus another verb. If you look at the conjugation you'll see another verb: ALLER.

The NEAR FUTURE
is therefore expressed by ALLER in the present tense plus the infinitive (the raw verb) of the verb action you are talking about. If you want to speak in future, you just have to learn ALLER (3rd group, irregular).

PASSÉ RÉCENT

The passé recent (recent past) is made of the present tense plus another verb. If you look at the conjugation you'll see another verb: VENIR DE.

The past tense
is therefore expressed by VENIR DE in the present tense plus the infinitive (the raw verb) of the verb action you are talking about. If you want to speak in past, you just have to learn VENIR (3rd group, irregular).

THE 3 FRENCH VERB GROUPS 
DÉFAIRE - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS
What ? Another present tense ? 
le conditionnel présent
negative?
jedéferais
tudéferais
ildéferait
nousdéferions
vousdéferiez
ilsdéferaient
le conditionnel présent
positive?
jenedéferaispas 
tunedéferaispas 
ilnedéferaitpas 
nousnedéferionspas 
vousnedéferiezpas 
ilsnedéferaientpas 
What? A second present tense? I don't understand; I thought there was only one present tense! Help!
LE CONDITIONNEL PRÉSENT

The conditional is used in French to express: Courtesy. If you want to be polite in French, use this mood: Je voudrais du café, s'il vous plaît. I would like some coffee, please. An obligation or duty: Nous devrions partir pour prendre le dernier métro. We should leave if we want to get the last train.

Remember
: The French verb DEVOIR + Infinitive is the exact translation for SHOULD: We should leave if we want to catch the last train. The French verb POUVOIR is the exact translation for COULD or WOULD BE ABLE TO: Nous pourrions venir après le déjeuner. We would be able to come after lunch.

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FRENCH VERB DÉFAIRE - THE INDICATIVE MOOD
The indicative mood – Recap. 
présent de l'indicatif
negative?
jedéfais
tudéfais
ildéfait
nousdéfaisons
vousdéfaites
ildéfont
présent de l'indicatif
positive?
jenedéfaispas 
tunedéfaispas 
ilnedéfaitpas 
nousnedéfaisonspas 
vousnedéfaitespas 
ilnedéfontpas 
The easiest mood! If you want to merely make a statement or ask a question about anything really, you'll use the most common mood, the Indicative Mood. In short, this is the mood we use most of the time; the present, the future, the imperfect you normally use are indicative.
PRÉSENT DE L'INDICATIF

This tense is used most of the time. It indicates an action which is happening at the present time or a habitual action.

DÉFAIRE - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS - VERB DÉFAIRE
futur
negative?
jedéferai
tudéferas
ildéfera
nousdéferons
vousdéferez
ilsdéferont
futur
positive?
jenedéferaipas 
tunedéferaspas 
ilnedéferapas 
nousnedéferonspas 
vousnedéferezpas 
ilsnedéferontpas 
imparfait de l'indicatif
negative?
jedéfaisais
tudéfaisais
ildéfaisait
nousdéfaisions
vousdéfaisiez
ilsdéfaisaient
imparfait de l'indicatif
positive?
jenedéfaisaispas 
tunedéfaisaispas 
ilnedéfaisaitpas 
nousnedéfaisionspas 
vousnedéfaisiezpas 
ilsnedéfaisaientpas 
passé simple
negative?
jedéfis
tudéfis
ildéfit
nousdéfîmes
vousdéfîtes
ilsdéfirent
passé simple
positive?
jenedéfispas 
tunedéfispas 
ilnedéfitpas 
nousnedéfîmespas 
vousnedéfîtespas 
ilsnedéfirentpas 
PASSÉ SIMPLE

Good news! This past tense is not used in conversional French. Only literary people use it in formal writing, for example, in a novel or a history book. The truth is that this tense is nearly dead. So… You can forget it for the moment (unless your proficiency level is very very high)

IMPARFAIT DE L'INDICATIF

This is a past tense. It is use to indicate repetition in the past or a habit in the past: Nous allions au restaurant tous les jours. We used to go to the restaurant every day.

It is also
the tense you must use when describing an action in the past: Il était heureux quand je l'ai vu. He was happy when I saw him.

FUTUR

This tense expresses an action which will take place at some time in the future. Nous irons en Chine l'hiver prochain. We will go to China next summer

WHAT'S A COMPOUND TENSE ? 
PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
More about The indicative mood! 
passé composé
negative?
j'aidéfait
tuasdéfait
iladéfait
nousavonsdéfait
vousavezdéfait
ilsontdéfait
passé composé
positive?
jen'aipasdéfait 
tun'aspasdéfait 
iln'apasdéfait 
nousn'avonspasdéfait 
vousn'avezpasdéfait 
ilsn'ontpasdéfait 
In French there are 7 compound tenses. But only 4 of them belong to the INDICATIVE.
PASSÉ COMPOSÉ

The Past Indefinite or Compound Past is used in everyday French. It's the informal past tense. It's used when people want to talk about facts, about actions which are finished in the past.

If you want
to describe your day at school or at the office, for example, you must use the Compound Past. There is no other way to do it.

If you want
to know what a compound tense is, go to the tab on the left hand side which says: "What's a compound tense?". Clever!?

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WHAT'S A PAST PARTICIPLE ? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB DÉFAIRE - VERB DÉFAIRE
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plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif
negative?
j'avaisdéfait
tuavaisdéfait
ilavaitdéfait
nousavionsdéfait
vousaviezdéfait
ilsavaientdéfait
plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif
positive?
jen'avaispasdéfait 
tun'avaispasdéfait 
iln'avaitpasdéfait 
nousn'avionspasdéfait 
vousn'aviezpasdéfait 
ilsn'avaientpasdéfait 
passé antérieur de l'indicatif
negative?
j'eusdéfait
tueusdéfait
ileutdéfait
nouseûmesdéfait
vouseûtesdéfait
ilseurentdéfait
passé antérieur de l'indicatif
positive?
jen'euspasdéfait 
tun'euspasdéfait 
iln'eutpasdéfait 
nousn'eûmespasdéfait 
vousn'eûtespasdéfait 
ilsn'eurentpasdéfait 
futur antérieur
negative?
j'auraidéfait
tuaurasdéfait
ilauradéfait
nousauronsdéfait
vousaurezdéfait
ilsaurontdéfait
futur antérieur
positive?
jen'auraipasdéfait 
tun'auraspasdéfait 
iln'aurapasdéfait 
nousn'auronspasdéfait 
vousn'aurezpasdéfait 
ilsn'aurontpasdéfait 
It's really easy to understand compound tenses when you realise that:
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The second part is always the same (It's like the –ed form in English; it's always the same in compound tenses).
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But, the first part is not always in present tense. Remember the Compound past? J'ai préparé des spaghetti. (Literally: I have prepared spaghetti). This 1st part is in the present tense!

Now
, Look at the following tense: the pluperfect (le Plus-que-parfait):
J'avais préparé des spaghetti.
(I had prepared spaghetti). "I had" is not a present tense: it's the imperfect of TO HAVE. Thus, The pluperfect in English is identical to French; the first part of the tense is in the past.

Now
, look at this tense in English (tricky one): "I will have prepared spaghetti". The 1st part is "will have" (It's a future – The tense is called Future perfect and yes, it's English). In French, we will say: J'aurai préparé des spaghetti ("j'aurai" is TO HAVE in the future).
FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR

The Future Perfect or Future Anterior, is an interesting tense. In French and English, it is used to express an action which will happen in the future before another future action.

In English
we commonly use Shall have or will have + the Past participle.

See
the following example: When she calls me tomorrow, I shall have finished my report (Quand elle appellera demain, j'aurai fini mon rapport).

PASSÉ ANTÉRIEUR DE L'INDICATIF

Past Anterior. This tense is not very used in French; it's a literary tense (writing only). So, unless you are a writer and/or you want to read Balzac, you can put it aside for the moment.

PLUS-QUE-PARFAIT DE L'INDICATIF

The pluperfect or Past Perfect Indicative is used to express an action which happened in the past before another past action.

Tricky?
No. Look at the following example: "I had seen the movie he told us about." "I had seen" is the Pluperfect. You might never have seen this structure because in English, it's not really used. But it's perfectly correct. First someone told us about a movie (Past tense), second, I had seen it before (Action of "seeing" before the action of "telling"). Both tense are in the Past.

WHAT'S A PRESENT PARTICIPLE? 
FRENCH VERB DÉFAIRE - THE CONDITIONAL MOOD
The Conditional Mood 
le conditionnel présent
negative?
jedéferais
tudéferais
ildéferait
nousdéferions
vousdéferiez
ilsdéferaient
le conditionnel présent
positive?
jenedéferaispas 
tunedéferaispas 
ilnedéferaitpas 
nousnedéferionspas 
vousnedéferiezpas 
ilsnedéferaientpas 
It refers to actions / events which would, should or could happen in the future if certain conditions were met. In short, when an English speaker wants to use WOULD, SHOULD or COULD; she / he uses the conditional mood. Look at the following simple tense in conditional:
THE CONDITIONAL AND JOURNALISM

The conditional is often used in journalistic language. When journalists want to state something as an "alleged" fact, or doesn't wish to state something definitely true they use the conditional.

It is
also used in French as "could" and "would" are in English to make a request more polite: Je voudrais réserver une table pour deux, s'il vous plaît. (I would like to book a table for two, please.)

WHAT'S A TRANSITIVE VERB? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB DÉFAIRE
The conditional's compound tense! 
le conditionnel passé
negative?
j'auraisdéfait
tuauraisdéfait
ilauraitdéfait
nousaurionsdéfait
vousauriezdéfait
ilsauraientdéfait
le conditionnel passé
positive?
jen'auraispasdéfait 
tun'auraispasdéfait 
iln'auraitpasdéfait 
nousn'aurionspasdéfait 
vousn'auriezpasdéfait 
ilsn'auraientpasdéfait 
The conditional has only one compound tense; the Conditional Perfect (le Conditionnel Passé).
LE CONDITIONNEL PASSÉ

The Conditional Perfect. Is used to express an action or an event that you would have done if something else had been possible. "Would have" could be translated by the French conditional "j'aurais".

"Done"
is the past participle of to do (fait).

WHAT IS A SUBORDINATE CLAUSE? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB DÉFAIRE - VERB DÉFAIRE
The Subjunctive mood 
présent du subjonctif
negative?
quejedéfasse
quetudéfasses
qu'ildéfasse
quenousdéfassions
quevousdéfassiez
qu'ilsdéfassent
présent du subjonctif
positive?
quejenedéfassepas
quetunedéfassespas
qu'ilnedéfassepas
quenousnedéfassionspas
quevousnedéfassiezpas
qu'ilsnedéfassentpas
imparfait du subjonctif
negative?
quejedéfisse
quetudéfisses
qu'ildéfît
quenousdéfissions
quevousdéfissiez
qu'ilsdéfissent
imparfait du subjonctif
positive?
quejenedéfissepas
quetunedéfissespas
qu'ilnedéfîtpas
quenousnedéfissionspas
quevousnedéfissiezpas
qu'ilsnedéfissentpas
The Subjunctive mood is used in French much more than in English (Actually, most English speakers don't know that it even exists!). But the Subjunctive is quite commonly used in English to express an idea contrary to a fact: "If I were you, I would learn a second language". In French, it is a very common tense. You'll use it if you want to express a wish, a fear, a doubt or a supposition.
IMPARFAIT DU SUBJONCTIF

The Imperfect subjunctive is not in use anymore. You'll find it in literature and old poetry. This tense is also rarely used in English.

PRÉSENT DU SUBJONCTIF

The subjunctive is used mainly in subordinate clause. It means that in the majority of cases where the subjunctive is used, there is no other choice; it is required after some specific expression. These expression express fear, doubt, supposition and wish.

Hang
on a minute! What does subordinate mean? See the tab on the left hand side of this page.

WHAT'S AN INTRANSITIVE VERB? 
FRENCH VERB DÉFAIRE - THE SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD
The subjunctive mood and compound tenses 
passé du subjonctif
negative?
quej'aiedéfait
quetuaiesdéfait
qu'ilaitdéfait
quenousayonsdéfait
quevousayezdéfait
qu'ilsaientdéfait
passé du subjonctif
positive?
quejen'aiepasdéfait
quetun'aiespasdéfait
qu'iln'aitpasdéfait
quenousn'ayonspasdéfait
quevousn'ayezpasdéfait
qu'ilsn'aientpasdéfait
plus-que-parfait du subjonctif
negative?
quej'eussedéfait
quetueussesdéfait
qu'ileûtdéfait
quenouseussionsdéfait
quevouseussiezdéfait
qu'ilseussentdéfait
plus-que-parfait du subjonctif
positive?
quejen'eussepasdéfait
quetun'eussespasdéfait
qu'iln'eûtpasdéfait
quenousn'eussionspasdéfait
quevousn'eussiezpasdéfait
qu'ilsn'eussentpasdéfait
spe The subjunctive mood has also compound tenses. The following ones are not very common in every day French conversation. They are actually quite rare.
PLUS-QUE-PARFAIT DU SUBJONCTIF

The Pluperfect or Past Perfect Subjunctive is rarely used in French and in English.

This tense
is avoided in conversational informal writing and speaking. It is useful if you read a lot of French literature from the 19th century.

PASSÉ DU SUBJONCTIF

The past or perfect subjunctive expresses a past action which is in relation to the present time.

This tense
is very rarely used in English but quite common in French. Il est probable qu'elle ait téléphoné (It's probable she may have called)

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