past tense phrases in French

Learn French phrases (Past tense 1)

Learning past tense phrases in French is important for several reasons:

  1. Communication: Being able to express actions and events that have already happened is essential for effective communication. When discussing your experiences, talking about historical events, or narrating a story, you need to use the past tense to accurately convey the information.
  2. Comprehension: By learning past tense phrases, you’ll be able to understand and follow conversations or written texts that are set in the past. Many books, movies, and songs involve stories or events that took place in the past, so understanding the past tense is crucial for comprehension.
English French
I went Je suis allé(e)
You ate [responsivevoice voice="French Female" rate="0.8" buttontext="►"]Tu as mangé
He/she played Il/Elle a joué
We saw Nous avons vu
You (plural) sang Vous avez chanté
They danced Ils/Elles ont dansé
I studied J’ai étudié
You (formal) spoke Vous avez parlé
He/she arrived Il/Elle est arrivé(e)
We slept Nous avons dormi
You (plural) wrote Vous avez écrit
They read Ils/Elles ont lu
I bought J’ai acheté
You (informal) drank Tu as bu
He/she listened Il/Elle a écouté
We laughed Nous avons ri
You (plural) watched Vous avez regardé
They traveled Ils/Elles ont voyagé
I forgot J’ai oublié
You (formal) left Vous êtes parti(e)

Please note that in French, verbs change their forms depending on the subject (je, tu, il/elle, nous, vous, ils/elles) and can also be influenced by gender and number.