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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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.