Le passé composé - Exercises

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Exercise

Do we need to use avoir or être? Choose the correct form.

  1. Elle mangé un gâteau.[She ate a biscuit.]|Manger is conjugated with avoir.
  2. Nous partis en vacances.[We went on holiday.]|Partir is conjugated with être.
  3. Est-ce que vous allés au restaurant?[Did you go to the restaurant?]|Aller is conjugated with être.
  4. Michel fini son dessert.[Michel finished his dessert.]|Finir is conjugated with avoir.
  5. Est-ce que tu t’ douché?[Have you showered?]|Reflexive verbs are conjugated with être.

Type in the verbs in the correct form of the passé composé.

  1. Ils (écrire)  un livre.[They wrote a book.]|Present of avoir + past participle of écrire.|Écrire is an irregular verb. See the List of Irregular Verbs.
  2. Juliette (regarder)  un film.[Juliette watched a film.]|Present of avoir + past participle of regarder.|Er-verbs construct the past participle with é.
  3. Est-ce que Pierre (finir)  à 16 heures?[Did Pierre finish at 4 p.m.?]|Present of avoir + past participle of finir.|Ir-verbs construct the past participle with i.
  4. J’(fermer)  la fenêtre.[I closed the window.]|Present of avoir + past participle of fermer.|Er-verbs construct the past participle with é.
  5. François (se lever)  à 8 heures.[François got up at 8 o’clock.]|Present of être + past participle of se lever.|Reflexive verbs construct the passé composé with être.|Er-verbs construct the past participle with é.

Type in the verbs in the correct form of the passé composé. Don’t forget about the exceptions in the construction.

  1. Est-ce que tu (lire)  ce livre?[Have you read this book?]|Present of avoir + past participle of lire.|Lire is an irregular verb.|See the List of Irregular Verbs.
  2. Est-ce que vous (recevoir)  un paquet?[Have you received a parcel?]|Present of avoir + past participle of recevoir.|Recevoir is an irregular verb.|See the List of Irregular Verbs.
  3. Ils (se perdre)  dans la forêt.[They got lost in the forest.]|Present of être + past participle of se perdre.|All reflexive verbs are conjugated with être.|With être, the participle agrees in gender and number with the subject (ils = masc. pl.)
  4. Est-ce qu'elle (prendre)  le téléphone?[Did she take the telephone?]|Present of avoir + past participle of prendre.|Prendre is an irregular verb.|See the List of Irregular Verbs.
  5. Léa et Sarah (partir)  hier.[Léa and Sarah left yesterday.]|Present of être + past participle of partir.|With être, the participle agrees in gender and number with the subject (Léa + Sarah = fem. pl.)