LEVEL B1 - Agreement with Direct Objects in the Passé Composé
Sometimes you need to make agreement when avoir is the auxiliary verb in the passé composé, and other times you don't.
Level B1 - Agreement with Direct Objects in the Passé Composé
French verbs are conjugated in the passé composé either with avoir or être as their auxiliary verbs. When using être as an auxiliary verb, past participles need to agree with their subjects in number and gender. When using avoir as an auxiliary verb, you never need to make agreement with the subject. However, there is a specific time when avoir verbs require agreement.
- Lesson Guide - 2 Pages
- Video Lesson - 10 Minutes
- Quiz - 12 Questions
- Parlons Ensemble: Mini-dialogue - La Piscine
Let's have a conversation together! Download your French dialogue between two people talking about la piscine. We will be using direct objects in the passé composé in meaningful context. Direct objects, direct object pronouns, and other object pronouns are in bold print. The length is just right so that it isn't overwhelming while practicing speaking for fluency and listening comprehension. The vocabulary and grammar used in this skit is at an intermediate / high intermediate level.
In one audio recording, I will start the conversation by reading the first line for "Personne 1", and then it will be your turn to read the next line for "Personne 2", and we will continue this way until the end of the dialogue.
In the other audio recording, you will start the conversation by reading the first line for "Personne 1", and then it will be my turn to read the next line for "Personne 2".
This way, you'll be able to hear me reading all of the lines for correct pronunciation, and you will get to read them all for yourself to practice speaking and you'll really increase your oral production!
You will also learn a lot of new ways of saying things! I'm including the English version in case there are words or expressions that you don't understand.
- Grammar Explanations - 9 Minute Video Recording
We will go through the whole mini-dialogue together, and I will explain WHY you do or do not have to make agreement.
This lesson is included in Love Learning Language's FRENCH COURSE FOR SELF-LEARNERS.
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.