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       french-deconjugator - analyze conjugated French verbs


       echo aimé | french-deconjugator > result.txt


       french-deconjugator reads conjugated French verbs from the command line
       or from standard input and  writes  (to  standard  output)  the  verb’s
       infinitive   form,   the  mode  (infinitive,  indicative,  conditional,
       subjunctive, imperative  or  participle),  the  tense  (present,  past,
       imperfect,  future),  the  person  (1,  2 or 3, while 0 is used for the
       present participle tense, and 4 and 5 are used in the  past  participle
       tense),  and  the  number  (singular  or  plural).   These  fields  are
       separated by a comma and a space.

       The standard input is not read if  verbs  are  passed  as  command-line

       By convention, persons 4 and 5 are used in the past participle tense to
       indicate the gender: 4 means masculine (e.g., "aimé" or "aimés") and  5
       means feminine (e.g., "aimée" or "aimées").

       A  single  conjugated  form can correspond to more than one mode, tense
       and person.  In this case, each alternative is written on its own line.

       In all cases, the end of the answer is marked by an empty line.  If the
       word is unknown, only this empty line is written.  The  names  for  the
       mode,  tense  and  number  are  always  in  English.  (This is meant to
       facilitate  automatic  parsing  of  the  output.   For  a  French  user
       interface, see the GNOME application and applet.)

       The  command  flushes  its  output  buffer after finishing each answer.
       This allows the command  to  be  easily  called  from  another  program
       through two pipes.

       The  command  starts  by  loading  its  database from XML files (stored
       typically in /usr/share/verbiste).  This takes some time, so  it  is  a
       good  idea  to have the command answer many requests instead of running
       it for each request.

       The verbiste library’s source archive contains Perl  and  Java  example
       programs that illustrate this technique.

       This  commands  expects  to  read Latin-1 characters and writes Latin-1
       characters.  There must not be any leading or trailing white spaces  on
       the lines read by the command.


       --help display a help page and exit

              display version information and exit

       --utf8 assume  that  the  terminal  uses  the UTF-8 encoding instead of
              Latin-1 (ISO-8859-1) -- try this option if Verbiste  claims  not
              to know a verb that contains an accented character

              print  the  infinitive  form  of  all the verbs in the knowledge
              base, one per line, unsorted -- other command-line arguments are


       $ french-deconjugator aimé
       aimer, participle, past, 0, singular

       $ echo -ne ’a\nplu\nété\n’ | french-deconjugator
       avoir, indicative, present, 3, singular

       plaire, participle, past, 0, singular
       pleuvoir, participle, past, 0, singular

       être, participle, past, 0, singular


       This  program is free software; you may redistribute it under the terms
       of the GNU General Public License.   This  program  has  absolutely  no


       See the verbiste(3) manual page.


       See the verbiste(3) manual page.


       verbiste(3), french-conjugator(1).

                               April 23rd, 2010         french-deconjugator(1)