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Etre and Avoir in Perfect Past Tense

MFWFrench NoviceTue, 04 Aug 2009 18:12:56 +0000
With Perfect Past Tense is there a way to know which verb of Etre or Avoir is used with the second verb other than memorizing every verb?
Thank you,
MFW
Etre and Avoir in Perfect Past Tense
Marie-Claire RivièreGreen Star French Master ★★★Wed, 19 Aug 2009 02:06:59 +0000
Hi there,
the best thing is to memorize them, but there are a few hints that are useful to know:

- all reflexive verbs go with être
- verbs that describe some kind of motion usually go with être, for example aller, venire etc.
- when a verb is used together with a direct object it uses avoir

I personally think that the more you are exposed to spoken French (Interactive Audio Course, TV, Radio etc) the more you will get a feel for what to use. Even if you don't pay attention to it in particular you will pick it up and get a feel for it. It will feel right to use avoir or être and you won't even know why.

I hope that helps.
Etre and Avoir in Perfect Past Tense
MFWFrench NoviceTue, 01 Sep 2009 16:32:51 +0000
Yes that helps a great deal. Thank you Marie-Claire.
Etre and Avoir in Perfect Past Tense
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