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Compound Tense Formation

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The compound tenses of french verbs are formed by using the correct form of the verb avoir or etre + the past participle of the desired verb. Avoir or Etre would be conjugated into whatever tense and gender one needs + the past participle of the desired verb.

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The Passe compose tense is formed by using the appropriate verb (avoir or etre) in the present indicative tense + the past participle of the verb you have in mind.
EX: Je me suis allee au supermarche.

The plus-que-parfait tense is formed by using avoir or etre in the imparfait indicative tense + the past participle of the verb you want to use. EX: Je mangeais le petit-dejeuner avant j'avais ete a l'universite.

The passe anterieur tense is formed by using avoir or etre in the passe simple tense + the past ...

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This solution will discuss the formation of the 7 compound verb tenses in french and provide example sentences. The example sentences are very useful to the student because they demonstrate the correct usage of the verb tense as well as an example of how the verb is conjugated into European French.

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