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Grammaire Francaise

What is passe compose for travailler?


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August 11, 2012 6:28PM

j'ai travaillé.

Passé composé is constructed with one of the two auxiliary verbs, avoir or être, at the present tense followed by the verb at the participe passé form (travailler becomes "travaillé"). As a general rule, use avoir as your facilitator verb, and use être only for verbs that directly affect the subject of the sentence.

for example: perdre (to lose)

I lost my book: J'ai perdu mon livre (use avoir because it is the book that was lost)

I lost my way (same meaning as I lost myself): Je me suis perdu (use être because it's the subject of the sentence that got lost)