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Verbs in the Past Tense

What do ‘j’ai vendu’,’j’ai bu’ and ‘j’ai cassé’ mean? How would you say, ‘I bought’, ‘I drank’ or ‘I helped’?

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Verbs are the words we use to describe things we ‘do’. But how do we describe things we have already done? We use the past tense. In this quiz we look at how to use some French verbs in the past tense. It’s all good practice which will serve you well when it comes to those all-important tests and exams.

In each question you will be given a word or words in English. All you have to do is choose the French equivalent from the four choices offered.
I drank
Je boirai
J'ai cassé
J'ai bu
Je casserai
Je boirai = I will drink
J'ai cassé = I broke
Je casserai = I will break
I bought
J'ai acheté
J'ai vendu
Je vendrai
J'achèterai = I will buy
J'ai vendu = I sold
Je vendrai = I will sell
I watched
Je regarderai
J'ai vu
Je verrai
J'ai regardé
Je regarderai = I will watch
J'ai vu = I saw
Je verrai = I will see
I did / I made
J'ai fait
Je ferai
Je serai
Je ferai = I will do
J'étais = I was
Je serai = I will be
I played
Je jouerai
J’ai joué
Je joue
Nous avons joué
Je jouerai = I will play
Je joue = I play
Nous avons joué = we played
I phoned
J'ai téléphoné
Je téléphone
Je téléphonerai
Nous avons téléphoné
Je téléphone = I phone
Je téléphonerai = I will phone
Nous avons téléphoné = we phoned
I helped
J'ai aidé
J'ai lu
Je lirai
J'aiderai = I will help
J'ai lu = I read (past tense)
Je lirai = I will read
I listened
J'ai chanté
Je chanterai
J'ai écouté
J'écouterai = I will listen
J'ai chanté = I sang
Je chanterai = I will sing
I ate
Je mangerai
Je mangé
J'ai mangé
Il a mangé
Je mangerai = I will eat
Je mangé = I eat
Il a mangé = he ate
I worked
Je travaillerai
Je travaille
J'ai travaillé
Il travaille
Je travaillerai = I will work
Je travaille = I work
Il travaille = he works
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - French

Author:  Graeme Haw

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