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You could use this form in a figurative way, when describing objects falling down or being thrown in big quantities. It can also be found in sport comments, usually tennis and maybe boxing, for example Les coups droits pleuvaient sur le Central (litterally Forehands were raining on the Central Court).


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Il est vrai que la plupart des verbes dits "défectifs" ont des conjugaisons qui peuvent être assez facilement complétées, Dans le cas de choir les verbes déchoir et échoir indiquent que la conjugaison de ce verbe au subjonctif est probablement la même que la conjugaison en -o- d'asseoir (d'où la probable raison de la perte de ce temps et de l'imparfait, car ...


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Choir (to fall, defective verb, rarely used) Démordre (the mechanical action opposed to to bite, i.e. to release after a bite. Nearly only used in the idiom ne pas vouloir en démordre which means not wanting to give up or hold one's position stubbornly) Désapprendre (used frequently, meaning unlearn) Paître (to feed on grass, used for ruminant animals ...


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Gésir implies more than just lying down; the subject has to be incapacitated and not be able to move. It's mainly used on dead people's graves, where ci-gît stands for "here lies ..."


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More accurately (IMO) coups is a common word for this, but many other terms expressing something abstract can also be used: insultes or injures is a common exemple in dictionaries too. The TLFi has a bunch of examples if you care to look at it.


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« Gésir » is also used at the imparfait. It will be strange if you use it for anything but dead, wounded or otherwise incapacitated persons or animals. « Être couché » is what is commonly used.


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À lire, ou plutôt à survoler, la section du bon usage qui leur est consacrée (elle fait quinze pages dans mon édition), j'ai l'impression que chaque verbe ou presque a son histoire. Il y a des verbes qui sont défectifs par manque de besoin (verbes essentiellement impersonnel, verbes ayant normalement pour sujet des choses ou des animaux, verbes inusités à ...


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You can find all the common conjugations of gésir at le conjugueur. You have imparfait and present participle, too. As to I would lie down and its mates, I would use je serais couché, as in [se coucher]. Or you could innovate. Try j'aurais gési, je giserais…



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