Concept Test #30 – Passé Composé with être

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/tap3.html

Give the passé composé of the verb indicated in parentheses.

  1. Tammy ______ en France il y a un an. (aller)
  2. Edouard ______ en retard, comme toujours. (arriver)
  3. Hier Tammy ______ dans le cours d’aérobique ‘step’. (tomber)
  4. Fiona: Moi, je ______ à la maison hier soir. (rester)
  5. Fiona: Corey et Joe-Bob, vous ______ très tard après la fête. (rentrer)
  6. Tammy et Bette ______ ensemble. (venir)
  7. Les enfants de Rita ______ en mai. (naître)
  8. Tammy: Tex, pourquoi est-ce que tu ______ avec Bette? (partir)
  9. Tex: Mes parents ______ sur l’autoroute. (mourir)
  10. Tex: Je ______ une fois avec une fille qui s’appelle Marianne. (sortir)
  11. Après la guerre, Paw-Paw ______ héros. (devenir)
  12. Tex et Tammy ______ au rez-de-chaussée. (descendre)

The rules:

  • This tense is called the passé composé because it is composed of two elements: the present tense of an auxiliary verb (either avoir or être), followed by a past participle.
  • In most instances the auxiliary verb is avoir, but some verbs require être as the auxiliary. This section we focus on être.
  • For regular verbs with an infinitive ending in -er, the past participle is formed by replacing the final -er of the infinitive with –é, an infinitive ending in -ir is formed by dropping the final -r from the infinitive, an infinitive ending in -re is formed by replacing the final -re of the infinitive with –u.
  • There are 17 être verbs, with five irregular ones: venir, devenir, revenir, naitre, and mourir.
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