French Grammar


Indicative tenses: passé antérieur

It is mainly used in subordinate clauses after dès que, aussitôt que, après que, quand. It describes a past action that took place before another past action (usually expressed in the passé simple). This tense is only used in writing.

Formation: passé simple of the verbs être or avoir (formation of compound tenses) + form of participe passé.

singulier pluriel
1 eus parlé eûmes parlé
2 eus parlé eûtes parlé
3 eut parlé eurent parlé
singulier pluriel
1 fus venu fûmes venus
2 fus venu fûtes venus
3 fut venu furent venus

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