Verb in French for tilt: pencher
(to lean = se pencher)

            The French verb for tilt, tip is the regular ER verb pencher.

To remember this imagine PUNCH TILTS/TIPS the jug of PUNCH to pour it.

The reflexive verb se pencher means to LEAN (yourself) e.g. to lean forward/back, (literally to tilt oneself forward/back). To remember this imagine ...
PUNCH LEANS forward and gets a PUNCH (in the PAUNCH).

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to lean: se pencher
Imagine PUNCH the boxer leans forward and gets a PUNCH in the PAUNCH.

Simple Tenses pencher

tilt, tilt
penche penches penche penchons penchez penchent
Past Imperfect
tilted, tilted
penchais penchais penchait penchions penchiez penchaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

tilted, tilted
penchai penchas pencha penchâmes penchâtes penchèrent

will tilt, tilt
pencherai pencheras penchera pencherons pencherez pencheront

would tilt, tilt
pencherais pencherais pencherait pencherions pencheriez pencheraient

may tilt, tilt
penche penches penche penchions penchiez penchent
Compound Tenses pencher
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have tilted, tilted
ai penché as penché a penché avons penché avez penché ont penché
Past Perfect

had tilted, tilted
avais penché avais penché avait penché avions penché aviez penché avaient penché
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

will have tilted
aurai penché auras penché aura penché aurons penché aurez penché auront penché
Conditional Perfect
Conditionnel Passé

would have tilted
aurais penché aurais penché aurait penché aurions penché auriez penché auraient penché

tilt! tilt!
penche penchons penchez

        MORE on the FRENCH VERB pencher      

Pencher also means to tip something, for example a container, bottle or jug.
  • Pierre a penché la carafe pour verser le vin.
    Pierre tilted/tipped the carafe to pour the wine.
  • To remember this imagine that you TILT the jug of fruit PUNCH....
    which is le punch.

Notice the difference between se pencher à and se pencher sur.

  • Juliette se penche à la fenêtre pour voir Romeo.
    Juliette leans out the window to see Romeo.
  • Juliette se penche sur Romeo.
    Juliette bends over Romeo.

This is a good time to review some of the other words related to leaning and tilting that we covered in our recent Learn French newsletter lessons.

  • s'incliner à penser quelquechose: to be inclined to think something, to tilt towards thinking something, to be swayed towards something;
  • se balancer sur une chaise: to tilt back on a chair
  • Arrêtez de vous balancer sur les chaises!
    Stop leaning back on the chairs!
  • And don't forget our discussion on seesaws, tipping, teetering and toppling under the French verb basculer.

    Remember we also looked at the French equivalents of the expressions 'to be inclined to', or the phrase to have a tendency to:
    • avoir tendance à:
    And there are more words on tilting and leaning. To tilt on or tilt against is:
    • adosser à quelquechose ...this word is used to express a tilting BACK on to something or against something. Notice the word dos (back) inside it ... ou ...
    • the reflexive s'adosser à quelquechose ...
      e.g. to tilt one's back against something
      je m'adosse contre le mur.
      I tilt (my back) against the wall.
    • adosser contre quelquechose ou ...
    • the reflexive s'adosser contre quelquechose ou ...
    • appuyer sur quelquechose or ...
    • appuyer contre quelquechose...;
    • or the reflexive verb: s'appuyer sur quelquechose,
    • or the reflexive verb: s'appuyer contre quelquechose.
    • Il s'appuye contre le mur.
      He is tilting against the wall... or he tilts against the wall. In this case he might be tilting with his shoulder against the wall.

    • The French verb for tilt, pencher is another regular ER verb conjugated using the same pattern of endings as 5,000+ other regular ER verbs.
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