To conjugate most verbs in the past tense,

To conjugate most verbs in the past tense,

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 tlphone maintenant. Past tense

I talked on the telephone yesterday. Jai parl au tlphone hier. Avoir past participle of parler The past tense in French is called the pass compos. To create the pass compos, you must use avoir in the present and add the past participle of the verb

that is the action. Avoir au prsent Jai nous avons Tu as vous avez pass Il a ils ont compos

Elle a elles ont On a + past participle= A past participle is a form of a verb that is

used to form the past tense or pass compos. There are rules for creating regular past participles. 1.For er verbs: Drop the-er and add .

Parler= parl jouer= jou regarder= regard 2.For ir verbs, drop the ir and add i. Choisir= choisi

finir=fini dormir= dormi 3.For re verbs, drop the re and add u. Perdre= perdu vendre= vendu rendre= rendu

How to form the pass compos To form the pass compos, 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 le foot la dernire

semaine. (Pierre played football last week.) Nous avons choisi un chiot hier. (We chose a puppy yesterday. ) Jai regard la tl hier soir. Tu as perdu ton stylo? Mes amis ont regard le Final Four hier soir. Leur quip a perdu le jeu de basket . Mes parents ont sorti ensemble pour le soir. Nous avons ecout bien a Mme. Cook

pendant le cours ce matin. Larbitre a siffl beaucoup pendant le jeu de foot. To make the verb negative in the pass compos, 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 regard la tl hier soir. More examples of passe compose in the negative Tu nas pas perdu ton stylo?

Mes amis nont pas regard le Final Four hier soir. Leur quip na pas perdu le jeu de basket . Mes parents nont pas sorti ensemble pour le soir. Nous navons pas ecout bien a Mme. Cook pendant le cours ce matin. Larbitre na pas siffl beaucoup pendant le jeu de foot.

Thats the pass compos!

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