The compound past tense (past indefinite), more commonly known as the passécomposé, refers to an action or event completed in the past. In English, it may be expressed by using the past participle (the -ed form of the verb) or by using the helping verbs “have” or “did” with the past participle: He has finished studying. The word “compound” in this tense is important because it tells you that this tense is
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