Humanities › Languages French Pluperfect Subjunctive Plus-que-parfait du subjonctif Share Flipboard Email Print Deux/DigitalVision/Getty Images Languages French Grammar Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated January 31, 2019 The French pluperfect subjunctive is the least common literary tense - it's the literary equivalent of the past subjunctive.Like all literary tenses, the pluperfect subjunctive is used only in literature, historical writings, and other very formal writing, so it is important to be able to recognize it but chances are that you will never in your life need to conjugate it.The pluperfect subjunctive has an identical twin, the second form of the conditional perfect, which is used in literary si clauses. The French pluperfect subjunctive is a compound conjugation, which means it has two parts: imperfect subjunctive of the auxiliary verb (either avoir or être)past participle of the main verb Note: Like all French compound conjugations, the pluperfect subjunctive may be subject to grammatical agreement: When the auxiliary verb is être, the past participle must agree with the subjectWhen the auxiliary verb is avoir, the past participle may have to agree with its direct object French Pluperfect Subjunctive Conjugations AIMER (auxiliary verb is avoir) j' eusse aimé nous eussions aimé tu eusses aimé vous eussiez aimé il,elle eût aimé ils,elles eussent aimé DEVENIR (être verb) je fusse devenu(e) nous fussions devenu(e)s tu fusses devenu(e) vous fussiez devenu(e)(s) il fût devenu ils fussent devenus elle fût devenue elles fussent devenues SE LAVER (pronominal verb) je me fusse lavé(e) nous nous fussions lavé(e)s tu te fusses lavé(e) vous vous fussiez lavé(e)(s) il se fût lavé ils se fussent lavés elle se fût lavée elles se fussent lavées Continue Reading Is the French Past Conditional Conditional Perfect? 'Passé Anterieur' (Anterior Past): An Important French Literary Tense How to Use the French Past Subjunctive Learn How to Use the French Future Perfect Passé composé: French Compound Past Tense Introduction to the French Perfect Participle French Past Perfect Conjugations Made Easy These Tenses Are Only Used in Literature in French How to Conjugate in the French Past Imperative How Do You Use Future Subjunctive in French? 'L'Imparfait du Subjonctif': An Important French Literary Tense A Lesson in French Compound Tenses and Moods Is Spanish Really Easier than French? Auxiliary Verbs: French Grammar and Pronunciation Glossary Understanding the French Past Infinitive What Is Grammatical French Agreement?