14 Passé composéTo describe past actions, the French use a past tense called the passé composé. Note the forms of the passé composé in the following sentences.J’ai acheté un jean. I bought a pair of jeans.Marc a choisi une veste. Marc chose a jacket.Nous avons attendu nos copains. We waited for our friends.
15 FormsThe passé composé consists of two words. For most verbs, the passé composé is formed as follows:PRESENT of avoir + PAST PARTICIPLEJ’ai visité Paris.Tu as visité Québec.Il/Elle/On a visité un musée.Nous avons visité Dakar.Vous avez visité Genève.Ils/Elles ont visité Monaco.
16 FormsThe past participle of regular verbs ending in –er, -ir, and –re is formed by replacing the infinitive ending as follows:Verbs in –er:INFINITIVE ENDINGPAST PARTICIPLE ENDINGEXAMPLE-er-éTravailler J’ai travaillé.
17 Forms Verbs in –ir: INFINITIVE ENDING PART PARTICIPLE ENDING EXAMPLE Finir Nous avons fini.
18 Forms Verbs in –re: INFINITIVE ENDING PAST PARTICIPLE ENDING EXAMPLE -uAttendre Sophie a attendu.
19 UsesThe passé composé is used to describe actions and events that took place in the past. It has several English equivalents.J’ai visité Montréal. I visited Montreal. I have visited Montreal. I did visit Montreal.
20 Pratiquons!Say what the following people did in the past, using the picture clues.Olivier
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