The Ultimate Guide to the Passé Composé (And The DR MRS P. VANDERTRAMP Rule)

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“Please don’t use the passé simple tense in your essay.” This is the first sentence our professor told us, a group of French college students, as we were about to take an exam. “Most French college students don’t know how to use the passé simple properly”, he went on. My professor was right. Most French …

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How and When Should You Use the French Imparfait?

the beginner's guide to the French imparfait

So, you’ve mastered the ins and outs of speaking in the present tense and you’re an old pro at the passé composé—what could possibly be missing from your repertoire of French language skills at this point? If your answer to that question is the imperfect tense, bienvenue au club.  For one reason or another, the …

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De in French: The Ultimate Guide to the Essential French Word

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De is one of the most frequently used words in French, but it’s also one of the trickiest. You’ll see it almost everywhere. It can be both an indefinite article and a preposition. It can represent a group of something, or its absence. It can be used in positive and negative statements. It can be …

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The Beginner’s Guide to French Adjectives

French adjectives rules

In English, adjectives are pretty easy to use. You put them before the noun they describe and you’re done. In French however, the placement of adjectives varies. And if that wasn’t enough to confuse you, adjectives also change depending on whether the noun they describe is masculine, feminine, singular or plurial. Luckily, in today’s lesson, you’ll discover …

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