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Level B2 - Advanced French Pronouns and Tenses Translation Exercises

Challenge your knowledge of French tenses and pronouns with these 6 exercises

Level B2: Advanced 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. These exercises are a big step up from the content in my B1 level translations. 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. See a sample exercise with answers below.

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 two days ago.
    2 I was just about to go back when you told me you would do it.
    3 You know what? I’m going to go tomorrow. I was going to go yesterday, but I had to stay home because the weather was so bad.
    4 I should have gone last night.
    5 My mom used to go only once a week.
    6 Ok, that’s enough. I’m going now.
    7 If I had gone earlier this morning, there would have been fewer people.
    8 I’ll go now, and you said you would come with me.
    9 I have to go, even if I don’t want to.
    10 By this time Saturday, I will have gone practically every day.

    Answer key


    1 I just went to the supermarket two days ago. Je viens (juste) d’y aller.
    2 I was just about to go back when you told me you would do it. J’étais sur le point d’y retourner quand tu m’as dit que tu le ferais.
    3 You know what? I’m going to go tomorrow. I was going to go yesterday, but I had to stay home because the weather was so bad. Tu sais quoi? Je vais y aller demain. J’allais y aller hier, mais j’ai dû rester à la maison parce qu’il faisait si mauvais.
    4 I should have gone last night. J’aurais dû y aller hier soir.
    5 My mom used to go only once a week. Ma maman n’y allait qu’une fois par semaine.
    6 Ok, that’s enough. I’m going now. Ok, ça suffit. J’y vais maintenant.
    7 If I had gone earlier this morning, there would have been fewer people. Si j’y étais allé(e) plus tôt ce matin, il y aurait eu moins de monde.
    8 I’ll go now, and you said you would come with me. J’y irai maintenant, et tu as dit que tu viendrais avec moi.
    9 I have to go, even if I don’t want to. Il faut que j’y aille, même si je n’en ai pas envie.
    Je dois y aller, même si je ne veux pas.
    10 By this time Saturday, I will have gone practically every day. D’ici samedi, j’y serai allé(e) pratiquement tous les jours.


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


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