Daily Verb Lesson: French for cough is tousser

The French for cough is the regular ER verb tousser. Sounds like "TOOSAY".
To remember this, imagine a friend of a contestant in a quiz show coughs because he is not allowed TO SAY the answer out loud!

Related words include: la toux: cough (noun)
  - le médicament pour ou contre la toux: cough medicine
  - avoir une quinte de toux: to have a coughing fit
  - sirop contre la toux: cough syrup
  - pastilles contre la toux (fpl): throat lozenges/cough drops
  - cracher: to cough up (e.g. blood, money)

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to cough: tousser
Imagine a friend of a contestant in a quiz show
coughs because he is not allowed
TO SAY the answer out loud!

Simple Tenses tousser

tousse tousses tousse toussons toussez toussent
Past Imperfect
toussais toussais toussait toussions toussiez toussaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

toussai toussas toussa toussâmes toussâtes toussèrent

will cough
tousserai tousseras toussera tousserons tousserez tousseront

would cough
tousserais tousserais tousserait tousserions tousseriez tousseraient

may cough
tousse tousses tousse toussions toussiez toussent
Compound Tenses tousser
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have coughed
ai toussé as toussé a toussé avons toussé avez toussé ont toussé
Past Perfect

had coughed
avais toussé avais toussé avait toussé avions toussé aviez toussé avaient toussé
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

will have coughed
aurai toussé auras toussé aura toussé aurons toussé aurez toussé auront toussé
Conditional Perfect
Conditionnel Passé

would have coughed
aurais toussé aurais toussé aurait toussé aurions toussé auriez toussé auraient toussé

tousse ! toussons ! toussez !
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