French Verb tilt: basculer
(also to tip over, teeter, topple, seesaw ...)

            The French verb for tilt is the regular ER verb basculer. It also means to tip over, topple or to seesaw.

To remember this imagine the BUSKER and lady in a BASQUE tilting on the SEESAW. You could also replace the BASQUE with a BASKING shark, a BUS ... take you pick ... use what suits you! Related words/phrases are:
  • la bascule: seesaw, rocker, a device to weigh things or animals. Imagine a lady BUSKER (f) on the seesaw ... the lady reminds you that the noun is feminine.
  • le pont bascule, pont basculant: bascule bridge, drawbridge
  • le mouvement de bascule: rocking movement
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to tilt, topple, seesaw, tip over: basculer
Imagine a BASQUE and a BUSKER tilt on a seesaw!

Simple Tenses basculer

tilt, seesaw
bascule bascules bascule basculons basculez basculent
Past Imperfect
basculais basculais basculait basculions basculiez basculaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

basculai basculas bascula basculâmes basculâtes basculèrent

will tilt, seesaw
basculerai basculeras basculera basculerons basculerez basculeront

would tilt, seesaw
basculerais basculerais basculerait basculerions basculeriez basculeraient

may tilt, seesaw
bascule bascules bascule basculions basculiez basculent
Compound Tenses basculer
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have tilted
ai basculé as basculé a basculé avons basculé avez basculé ont basculé
Past Perfect

had tilted
avais basculé avais basculé avait basculé avions basculé aviez basculé avaient basculé
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

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

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

tilt, seesaw!
bascule basculons basculez

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        MORE on the FRENCH VERB basculer        

le pont basculant
  • la chaise à basculer: rocking chair
  • le cheval à basculer: rocking horse
  • faire basculer: to tip up, to cause something or someone to tip off-balance
  • faire la bascule: to rock, to see-saw
  • la balance à bascule: scales for weighing
  • basculant: something that rocks, tilts, topples
  • une caisse basculante: a tip-tray (on a tip-truck)


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