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User:Atcovi/French/The Passé Composé

The passé composé, or "past indefinite" in English, of most verbs is formed by putting together the present tense of the verb, avoir, and the past participle of the verb being used. The endings of the past participles of regular verbs have patterns. Take note that there are obviously exceptions to these patterns listed below (they are irregular verbs with irregular past participles).

-ER verbs -IR verbs -RE verbs
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In the passé composé, avoir is treated as the main verb (and has the "past participle" added to it). Therefore, in the negative, ONLY the avoir is made negative, while in the interrogative, the avoir changed to the interrogative.


Here are the exceptions (irregular past participles):

  • Prendre (to take) → pris
  • Mettre (to put) → mis
  • Faire (to do) → fait
  • Voir (to see) → vu
  • Vouloir (to want) → voulu
  • Lire (to read) → lu

Extra words for Passé ComposéEdit

French English
Hier Yesterday
Samedi dernier Last Saturday
Avant Before
Après After
Pendant During
D'abord First
Ensuite Then
Finalement Finally
Enfin At last