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we are learning about the passe compose, and about using irregular verbs like voir and lire, so do we just have to memorize the irregular verb forms? will -er verbs always end with an "e" with an accent mark? merci!

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    Er verbs don't always end with an "e" with an accent mark.

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    in the passe compose? what are some examples when it's like that?

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    oh, sorry, not in the passe compose...

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    Let's explain it this way. The passé composé is a "compound tense" and that means it uses the auxiliary verb (avoir) or (être) plus the past participle. Since you are just beginning the passé composé you are using avoir as the auxiliary verb plus the past participle. IF the past participle is regular, like "parler" it will be "drop the "er" and add "é". Je parle (I do speak, I am speaking, I have spoken) = J'ai parlé (I spoke, I have spoken, I DID speak.) If the verb is an "ir" verb, drop the "ir" and add "i." Je finis (I finish, I do finish, I am finish ing) = J 'ai fini (I have finished, I finished, I did finish.) If it is an "re" verb, drop the "re" and add "u." Tu réponds = Tu as répondu.

    Those were all regular past participles. Now for some irregular, which, YES, you simply have to memorize!
    asseoir = assis
    avoir = eu
    boire = bu
    conduire = conduit
    connaître = connu
    courir = couru
    craindre = craint
    croire = cru
    devoir = dû
    dire = dit
    écrire = écrit
    être = été
    faire = fait
    falloir = fallu
    lire = lu
    mettre mis
    ouvrir = ouvert
    plaire = plu
    pleuvoir = plu

    Now, aren't you glad you asked?!!

    Sra (aka Mme)
    pouvoir = pu
    prendre = pris
    recevoir = reçu
    rire = ri
    savoir = su
    suivre = suivi
    taire = tu
    tenir = tenu
    valoir = valu
    vivre = vécu
    voir = vu
    vouloir = voulu

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    wow thanks! we've been working more on the passe compose, so it makes more sense now. guess what? my teacher asked me if i'd be interested in writing a book in french for the young author's award!!! it's very exciting!!!!:D

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