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Using the Correct Form of the Past Tense

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Using the Correct Form of the Past Tense You can discover when to use the various past tenses by taking a look at the following information. Pass é  compos é   Use the  pass é  compos é :   To express specific actions or events that were started and completed at a  definite time in the past (even if the time isn't mentioned):   Je suis all é  au centre commercial.  (I went to the mall.)  To express a specific action or event that occurred at a specific point in past  time:   Je suis all é  au centre commercial hier.  (I went to the mall yesterday.)  To express a specific action or event that was repeated for a stated number of  times:   Je suis all é  au centre commercial deux fois.  (I went to the mall twice.)  The following words and expressions often require the use of the 
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Unformatted text preview: The following words 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) • enfin (finally) • ensuite (then, next) • l'été passé/l'hiver passé (last summer/last winter) • finalement (finally) • une fois (one time) • hier (yesterday) • hier soir (last night) • l'autre jour (the other day) • ce jour-là (that day) • un jour (one day) • le mois passé ( dernier ) (last month) • la semaine passée ( dernière ) (last week) • soudain (suddenly) • tout à coup (suddenly)...
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