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Le Passé Composé
Les Verbes Réfléchis
Le Futur Simple
This is typically the second tense taught when dealing with the past. There are two main past tenses, the
is used to indicate actions that are finished and typically more "active." In English it is comparable to verbs ending in "ed" or irregular verbs like "ran" or "did." The
, by comparison, is typically used to indicate actions that are repetitive, on-going or descriptive. The English equivalents are frequently verbs that end in "ing" and are preceded by the word "was" as in, "He was running." The verb "
is also a very common verb in the imparfait because it isn't a very "active" verb.
Used to describe or set the scene
Used to express finished actions
Denotes repetitive actions
Denotes "one-time" actions
Indicates a state of being
Indicates "active" verbs
How it's made...
The endings for the imparfait are constant (they don't change from ER to IR to RE verbs).
In order to form the
, conjugate a verb first in the
with "nous", remove the "ons" and apply the
endings. I have provided a list of examples below.
Nous (present tense)
is of course, the exception to the rule. It's root cannot be derived by conjugating with "nous" in the present tense. You just have to learn the root. It is
Now to put it all together...
I was sick yesterday.
(This is a perfect example of a sentense that expresses a state of being.)
dix autres étudiants dans la classe.
You had 10 other students in your class.
ses devoirs chaque soir.
He did his homework every evening.
(This displays a repetitive action)
eçon quand elle est venue.
We were finishing the lesson when she came.
(The first part of this sentence sets the scene, the second shows the main action).
toujours au cinéma.
You always go to the cinema
faire du ski quand elles
The could ski when they were young.
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