The passé composé expresses a completed action that occurred at a specific time in the past. This action happened at one moment in time and could have been captured by the click of an instamatic camera. With that in mind, the following words, phrases, and expressions often require the use of the passé composé because they specify a definite past time: • l'année passée (last year) • avant-hier (the day before yesterday) • d'abord (at first)
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