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Participe présent et du gérondif. Plus-que parfait The french past perfect or pluperfect is used to indicate an action in the past that occurred before.

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1 Participe présent et du gérondif

2 Plus-que parfait The french past perfect or pluperfect is used to indicate an action in the past that occurred before another action in the past. The latter can be either mentioned in the same sentence or implied.

3 Exemples:- 1. Il navait pas mangé(avant de faire ses devoirs). He hadnt eaten (before doing his homework). 2. Nous voulions te parler parce que nous ne tavions pas vu hier. We wanted to talk to you because we didnt see you yesterday.

4 The pluperfect is also used in si clauses to express a hypothetical situation in the past contrary to what actually happened. Exemples:- 1. Si tu mavais demandé, jaurais répondu. If you had asked me, I would have answered. 2. Nous y serions allés si nous avions su. We would have gone if we had known.

5 When the auxiliary verb is être, the past participle must agree with the subject. When the auxiliary verb is avoir, the past participle may have to agree with its direct object. Aimer(auxiliary verb is avoir) Javais aimé nous avions aimé Tu avais aimé vous aviez aimé il/elle avait aimé ils/elles avaient aimé Devenir(auxiliary verb is être) Jétais devenu(e) nous étions devenu(e)s Tu étais devenu(e) vous étiez devenu(e)(s) Il était devenu ils étaient devenus Elle était devenue elles étaient devenues

6 PARTICIPE PRÉSENT ET DU GÉRANDIF 1. The french present participle can be used to talk about what someone is doing. The construction je suis mangeant(the literal translation of I am eating) does not simply exit in french- you must use the present tense: je mange. To emphasize the ongoing nature of an activity, you can use the french expression être en train de: je suis en train de manger – I am eating right now. 2. The french present participle cannot be used after another verb. Jaime lisant does not exist, to say I like reading, you must use the infinitive- jaime lire.

7 When used as a verb the french present participle expresses an action that is simultaneous with, but not necessarily related to the action of the main verb. There are two possible uses for this in french: 1. Modify a noun Exemples:- A. Sachant le danger, je ny suis pas allé.(knowing the danger, I didnt go). B. Avant faim, il a mangé tout le gâteau.(being hungry, he ate all of the cake).

8 2. Express an action that is related to the main verb. This present participle, called le gérandif or gerund, nearly always follows the preposition EN. It can serve three purposes: A. Describe an action that is related to and simultaneous with the action of the main verb usually translated as while or upon. Exemples: Elle lisait en mangeant.(she read while eating). Il ne peut pas parler en travaillant.(he cant talk while working).

9 B. explain how or why something happens, usually translated by by. Exemples:- Cest en pratiquant que vous le faites bien.(it is by practicing that you do it well). Elle a maigri en faisant beaucoup de sport.(she got thin by exercising a lot). C. Replace a relative clause: Exemples:- Les médecins parlant francais(qui parlent francais) Doctors who speak french Les membres voulant partir(qui veulent partir) Members wishing to leave


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