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Etre and Avoir in Perfect Past Tense

MFW

MFW

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
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

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.
MFW

MFW

Yes that helps a great deal. Thank you Marie-Claire.

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