2 Use the passé-composé: To tell what happenedTo tell what someone did
3 On a joué au foot = We played soccer The passé-composé is:The equivalent of THE SIMPLE PASTOn a joué au foot = We played soccerBut looks like the PRESENT PERFECTOn a joué au footWe have played soccer
4 Like the English Present-Perfect, the passé-composé has 2 PARTS HELPING VERB+MAIN VERB
5 What is the Helping Verb? The Helping Verb is also called auxiliary or auxiliaireIt usually is the avoir verbIt agrees with the subjectHere is an example:j’ ai jouétu as jouéil/elle/on a jouénous avons jouévous avez jouéils/elles ont joué
6 What about the Main Verb? It is in a “special” form called past-participle or participe passéUnlike the auxiliary, it doesn’t change!Here is how you form the past-participle!For regular –er verbs like “parler”:parler parl_ parléFor regular –ir verbs like “finir”:finir fin_ finiFor regular –re verbs like “entendre”:entendre entend_ entendu
7 Like in English, past-participles can be IRREGULAR Here are the most common irregular French past-participlesavoir euêtre étéfaire faitprendre prismettre misvouloir voulupouvoir puvoir vuboire budire dit
8 So remember!If you want to talk about what happened or what someone did, USE THE PASSÉ-COMPOSÉTo conjugate a verb in the PASSÉ-COMPOSÉ use AVOIR followed by its PAST PARTICIPLEFin
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