Le passé antérieur – Exercises

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Exercises

Regular verbs.

Complete the sentences with the passé antérieur form of the verbs in brackets.

  1. Dès qu’elle (arrêter)  de fumer, Christine se sentit plus en forme.[As soon as she had stopped smoking, Christine felt better.]|Verb avoir in passé simple, 3rd person singular + past participle of arrêter
  2. Aussitôt que nous (sortir)  du musée, nous dépliâmes le plan de la ville pour organiser la suite de notre visite.[As soon as we had left the museum, we unfolded the map to plan the rest of our trip.]|Verb être in passé simple, 1st person singular + past participle of sortir
  3. Lorsqu’ils (vider)  leurs verres, ils se levèrent tous à l’unisson.[After they had emptied their glasses, they stood up in unison.]|Verb avoir in passé simple, 3rd person plural + past participle of vider
  4. Après que les policiers (arriver)  la foule se dipersa.[After the police had arrived, the crowd dispersed.]|Verb être in passé simple, 3rd person plural + past participle of arriver
  5. Dès que j’(apprendre)  la nouvelle je me mis en chemin.[As soon as I had heard the news, I set off on my way.]|Verb avoir in passé simple, 1st person singular + past participle of apprendre

Irregular verbs.

Complete the sentences with the passé antérieur of the verbs in brackets.

  1. Dès que j’(ouvrir)  la porte, l’alarme se déclencha.[As soon as I had opened the door, the alarm went off.]|Verb avoir in passé simple, 1st person singular + past participle of ouvrir (irregular form → ouvert)
  2. Aussitôt qu’ils (découvrir)  l’épave, ils avertirent le garde-côte.[As soon as they had found the wreckage, they called the coast gaurd.]|Verb avoir in passé simple, 3rd person plural + past participle of découvrir (irregular form → couvert)
  3. Lorsque nous (voir)  de quoi il s’agissait, nous vînmes chez vous pour vous raconter ce qu’il s’était passé.[As soon as we saw what was going on, we came to your house to tell you what had happened.]|Verb avoir in passé simple, 1st person plural + past participle of voir (irregular form → vu)
  4. Quand elle (descendre)  , elle se rappela qu’elle n’avait pas éteint la lumière.[When she got to the bottom of the stairs, she remembered that she hadn’t turned off the light.]|Verb être in passé simple, 3rd person singular + past participle of descendre (irregular form → descendu)|For verbs that are constructed using être, the participle agrees in gender and number with the subject → descendue (elle = feminine)
  5. Dès que vous (revenir)  de votre voyage, nous vînmes vous rendre visite.[As soon as you had returned from your trip, we came to visit you.]|Verb être in passé simple, 2nd person plural + past participle of revenir (irregular form → revenu)|For verbs that are constructed using être, the participle agrees in gender and number with the subject → revenus (vous = plural)