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To conjugate most verbs in the past tense, you use the verb avoir conjugated in the present tense plus a past participle. Example: Present tense I am.

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3 To conjugate most verbs in the past tense, you use the verb avoir conjugated in the present tense plus a past participle. Example: Present tense I am talking on the telephone now. Je parle au téléphone maintenant. Past tense I talked on the telephone yesterday. Jai parlé au téléphone hier. Avoir past participle of parler

4 The past tense in French is called the passé composé. To create the passé composé, you must use avoir in the present and add the past participle of the verb that is the action. Avoir au présent Jai nous avons Tu as vous avez + past participle= passé Il a ils ont composé Elle a elles ont On a

5 A past participle is a form of a verb that is used to form the past tense or passé composé.

6 There are rules for creating regular past participles. 1.For –er verbs: Drop the-er and add é. Parler= parlé jouer= joué regarder= regardé

7 2.For –ir verbs, drop the –ir and add i. Choisir= choisi finir=fini dormir= dormi

8 3.For –re verbs, drop the –re and add u. Perdre= perdu vendre= vendu rendre= rendu

9 How to form the passé composé To form the pass é compos é, you use the correct conjugation of avoir and add the past participle of th everb that expresses the action that was performed. Pierre a jou é le foot la derni è re semaine. (Pierre played football last week.) Nous avons choisi un chiot hier. (We chose a puppy yesterday. )

10 Jai regard é la t é l é hier soir. Tu as perdu ton stylo? Mes amis ont regard é le Final Four hier soir. Leur é quip a perdu le jeu de basket. Nous avons ecout é bien a Mme. Cook pendant le cours ce matin. Larbitre a sifflé beaucoup pendant le jeu de foot.

11 To make the verb negative in the passé composé, you use ne….pas. You make the helping verb negative, not the past participle. To do this put the ne in front of avoir and pas after avoir. The past participle is then outside the negative verb phrase. Negative Je nai pas regardé la télé hier soir.

12 Tu nas pas perdu ton stylo? Mes amis nont pas regard é le Final Four hier soir. Leur é quip na pas perdu le jeu de basket. Nous navons pas ecout é bien a Mme. Cook pendant le cours ce matin. Larbitre na pas sifflé beaucoup pendant le jeu de foot. More examples of passe compose in the negative

13 Thats the passé composé!


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