Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by arianepetite, Nov 2, 2005.
what is "passe compose"?
is it past tense or present perfect tense?
The French passé composé is similar (in building) to the English present perfect. Both are past tenses.
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"passé composé" translates both English tenses. I am sorry to say there is no straightforward equivalence between French and English tenses.
Thus, both "it has rained" and "it rained last night " would be translated into : il a plu
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by the way, the past progressive/continuous "i was verb + -ing" is the same as l'imparfait "j'étais"????
Sometimes. Other times, the imparfait can translate the simple past, or the verb phrase "I used to + infinitive".
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