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1 Le passé-composé

2  To tell what happened  To tell what someone did Use the passé-composé:

3 The passé-composé is: TTTThe equivalent of THE SIMPLE PAST On a joué au foot = We played soccer BBBBut looks like the PRESENT PERFECT On a joué au foot We 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 auxiliaire  It usually is the avoir verb  It agrees with the subject Here is an example: j’ ai joué j’ ai joué tu as joué tu as joué il/elle/on a joué il/elle/on a joué nous avons joué nous avons joué vous avez joué vous avez joué ils/elles ont joué ils/elles ont joué

6 What about the Main Verb? IIIIt is in a “special” form called past-participle or participe passé UUUUnlike the auxiliary, it doesn’t change! Here is how you form the past-participle! For regular –er verbs like “parler”: parler  parl_  parlé For regular –ir verbs like “finir”: finir  fin_  fini For 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-participles Here are the most common irregular French past-participles avoir  eu être  été faire  fait prendre  pris mettre  mis vouloir  voulu pouvoir  pu voir  vu boire  bu dire  dit

8 So remember!  If you want to talk about what happened or what someone did, USE THE PASSÉ-COMPOSÉ  To conjugate a verb in the PASSÉ- COMPOSÉ use AVOIR followed by its PAST PARTICIPLE Fin


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