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FAQ - Frequently asked questions
about the Cactus2000 conjugation tables (French)
How to type special French letters ?
In the case that your keyboard does not contain special French letters (é. è, à â, ..., ë, ...) you may use the corresponding simple letters instead: é -> e, â -> a, ï -> i etc.
Is capitalization important ?
The input for searching tables or conjugated forms may be done with upper case and lower case letters.
Why are not all verbs translated ?
It is not intended that the conjugation tables are used as a substitute for a dictionary. Instead, it is assumed, that the user knows the basics of French grammar and the translation of the verbs he wants to conjugate. (Therefore, the names of the tenses are also given in French only.) Nevertheless, we have given the translation of some verbs. However, the use of a dictionary is recommended. It should also be more comprehensive concerning multiple meanings of a verb than a conjugation table with translations could be.
How to analyze a conjugated expression ?
Type the complete expression you want to analyze into the corresponding input field (pink). Then click the button "Form". The following will be displayed for all found forms (input of the example: "j'avais cherché"):
Must the input expression be complete ?
The search for conjugation forms only finds expressions
that are given completely (as written in the conjugation tables).
However, the input of the personal pronoun and a reflexive pronoun is optional.
It is not allowed that the input expression contains additional words.
The subject of a sentence may be replaced by the personal pronoun or must be omitted.
Pay attention to correct spelling.
Must the input expression contain personal pronouns ?
Expressions you want to analyze must be typed in completely.
Only personal pronouns may be omitted.
However, when you give a personal pronoun, the choice of found forms often is smaller.
Must the input expression contain reflexive pronouns ?
Of verbs with pronominal forms only, the pronominal form is always found, even when you have not given a reflexive pronoun. Also, verbs without pronominal forms are found, even when you have given a (wrong) reflexive pronoun. If the verb is conjugated in the active as well as in the pronominal form, the pronominal form is only found when you give a reflexive pronoun. The link to the conjugation table in the output is pointing to the active form, however.
Is the order of words in the input expression important ?
When a conjugated expression contains several words, the order on input is not important.
How to search for a conjugation table ?
To search for a conjugation table type the infinitive of the verb or a short sequence of letters from the infinitive (minimum four) into the corresponding input field (light blue). The more letters you type, the smaller the choice of found verbs will be. Afterwards click on the button "Table". You receive a list with links to the conjugation tables of all verbs that contain the input sequence of letters.
With passive, search of forms and negation
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Bernd Krüger, 2020