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Can you help me with the passé composé: être and avoir. I understand when to use être and avoir but I don't know if I'm supposed to add an extra e or ees for the verbs.

  • SraJMcGin -

    Correction: I don't know when I'm supposed to add an extra e or ees. Can you give me examples. Thanks so much

  • SraJMcGin -

    First of all, memorize the 16 verbs that take être in the passé composé, either with "the House of être" or "Dr. & Mrs. Vandertramp.

    The past participle functions like an adjective when conjugated with être. It must agree in gender (mascuine or feminine) and number (singular or plural) with the subject.

    Elle est montrée l'escalier.
    Ils ne sont pas tombés.

    Since the pronouns je, tu, nous and vous may be masculine or feminine, and vous may be singular or plural, the past participles used with them vary in ending.

    Quand êtes-vous partie, Hélène. (the name of the girl identifies "vous" as singular and feminine.)
    Quand êtes-vous arrivés, messieurs. (the last word identifies "vous" as masculine and plural.)

    Will that do it? If not, repost any questions. There were also examples on the other 2 posts I did for you earlier today.

    Sra (aka Mme)

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