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Passé composé - French Compound Past Tense

How to conjugate the passé composé

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The passé composé is a compound conjugation, which means it has two parts:
  1. present tense of the auxiliary verb (either avoir or être)
     
  2. past participle of the main verb

Note: Like all compound conjugations, the passé composé may be subject to grammatical agreement:
  • When the auxiliary verb is être, the past participle must agree with the subject
     
  • When the auxiliary verb is avoir, the past participle may have to agree with its direct object


French passé composé conjugations
  
AIMER (auxiliary verb is avoir)
j'ai aimé nousavons aimé
tuas aimévousavez aimé
il,
elle 
a aiméils,
elles 
ont aimé
  
DEVENIR (être verb)
jesuis devenu(e) noussommes devenu(e)s
tues devenu(e)vousêtes devenu(e)(s)
ilest devenuilssont devenus
elle est devenueellessont devenues
  
SE LAVER (pronominal verb)
jeme suis lavé(e) nousnous sommes lavé(e)s
tut'es lavé(e)vousvous êtes lavé(e)(s)
ils'est lavéilsse sont lavés
elle s'est lavéeellesse sont lavées
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