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Level B1 - French Pronouns and Tenses Translation Exercises

10 tenses and 10 pronouns

Level B1: French Pronouns and Tenses Translation Exercises

This is a set of six translation exercises which focus on using different tenses or verbal constructions and pronouns. Each exercise is a series of ten sentences to translate. Answer keys are provided. Don't worry if your translations aren't exactly like mine. Look for essential grammar mistakes rather than choice of vocabulary. If you're looking for something more advanced, check out my B2 level translations.

Translate the sentences using the following tenses or verbal constructions:

  • PRÉSENT:
    • you’re doing something now
  • VENIR DE / VENIR JUSTE DE:
    • you’ve just done something
  • ÊTRE SUR LE POINT DE:
    • you’re just about to do something
  • FUTUR PROCHE:
    • you’re going to do something in the near future
  • PASSÉ COMPOSÉ:
    • you did something
  • IMPARFAIT:
    • you used to do something
  • FUTUR SIMPLE:
    • you will do something
  • CONDITIONNEL:
    • you would do something
  • PLUS-QUE-PARFAIT:
    • you had done something
  • CONDITIONNEL PASSÉ:
    • you would have done something
  • FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR:
    • you will have done something

The first sentence in each exercise has underlined words. Translate the sentences replacing the underlined words with a pronoun:

  • ME - TE - NOUS - VOUS:
    • direct or indirect object pronouns
  • LE - LA - LES:
    • direct object pronouns
  • LUI - LEUR:
    • indirect object pronouns
  • Y:
    • pronoun that usually means THERE
  • EN:
    • pronoun that often means SOME

    Sample exercice using the pronoun «Y»

    1 I just went to the supermarket.
    2 I’m just about to go.
    3 I’m going to go tomorrow.
    4 I went last night.
    5 I went there all the time.
    6 I’m going now.
    7 I would have gone.
    8 I will go now.
    9 I have to go.
    10 I will have gone.

    Answer key

    1 I just went to the supermarket. Je viens (juste) d’y aller.
    2 I’m just about to go. Je suis sur le point d’y aller.
    3 I’m going to go tomorrow. Je vais y aller demain.
    4 I went last night. J’y suis allé(e) hier soir.
    5 I went there all the time. J’y allais tout le temps.
    6 I’m going now. J’y vais maintenant.
    7 I would have gone. J’y serais allé(e).
    8 I will go now. J’y irai maintenant.
    9 I have to go. Il faut que j’y aille.
    10 I will have gone. J’y serai allé(e).

These exercises are included in my FRENCH PROGRAM FOR SELF-LEARNERS.


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Jennifer is originally from Louisiana, and has been teaching French for over 20 years. She has been living in France with her husband and children since 2013, and continues to teach French both online and locally. She completed a BA in French and English, and taught French and moved to France for a year before completing an MA degree in French literature and language. While living in the US, she taught French for 15 years at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men.


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