French Grammar: The Conditional Mood

… Identify: French Grammar: The Conditional Mood la grammaire française: le mode conditionnel The Conditional Mood (le mode conditionnel) in French is used in much the same way as the Conditional Mood in English to discuss events that are not certain to occur. Often, these events depend on other conditions (hence, the term “Conditional” mood). […]

French Grammar: The Imperfect Tense – Regular and Irregular Verbs

… Identify: French Grammar: The Imperfect Tense – Regular and Irregular Verbs la grammaire française: l’imparfait des verbes réguliers et irréguliers When speaking about the past in English, you choose which past tense to use depending on the context and the meaning you wish to convey. In French sentences, you choose which past tense you use depending on the meaning you […]

French Grammar : Passé Composé vs. Imperfect Tense

… Identify: French Grammar: Passé Composé vs. Imperfect Tense la grammaire française: le passé composé versus l’imparfait Hier, nous dînions quand Jean a téléphoné. Yesterday we were having dinner when Jean phoned. Je me suis levé, je me suis habillé, et j’ai pris le petit déjeuner. I got up, got dressed and ate breakfast. Ils […]

French Grammar: The Expression [IL Y A] + Time

… Identify: French Grammar: The Expression [IL Y A] + Time la grammaire française: [il y a] et le temps The expression IL Y A means there is / there are.  But IL Y A  can also be used to tell how long “ago” something happened! Review: LEAF French Grammar: The Expression “IL Y A” […]

French Grammar: The Imperfect Tense – Basics

… Identify: French Grammar: The Imperfect Tense – Basics la grammaire française: l’imparfait When speaking about the past in English, you choose which past tense to use depending on the context and the meaning you wish to convey. In French sentences, you choose which past tense you use depending on the meaning you wish to convey. Study: When speaking about the […]

French Grammar: Verbs that take ÊTRE in Compound Tenses

… Identify: French Grammar: Verbs that take ÊTRE in Compound Tenses la grammaire française: les verbes avec ÊTRE aux temps composés Study: A Compound Tense is a verb form that consists of two parts: (1) the present tense of the auxiliary (or “helper”) verb, followed by (2) the past participle of the main verb (i.e., […]

French Grammar: [-IR] Verb Conjugation Chart (Regular Verbs)

French Grammar: [-IR] Verb Conjugation Chart (Regular Verbs) la grammaire française: les conjugaisons des verbes réguliers en [-IR] Regular [-IR] Verbs (Present Tense) Infinitive verbs are verbs that are unchanged. They are in their most basic form, and can be adapted in many different ways. (An infinite number of ways, so to speak.) Infinitive verbs in French will always end […]

French Grammar: [-ER] Verb Conjugation Chart (Regular Verbs)

French Grammar: [-ER] Verb Conjugation Chart (Regular Verbs) la grammaire française: les conjugaisons des verbes réguliers en [-ER] Regular [-ER] Verbs (Present Tense) Infinitive verbs are verbs that are unchanged. They are in their most basic form, and can be adapted in many different ways. (An infinite number of ways, so to speak.) Infinitive verbs in French will […]

French Grammar: Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs

Identify: French Grammar: Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs la grammaire française: les verbes réfléchis réciproques Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs in French help us identify actions done by two or more people – to each other! Study: Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs in French help us identify actions done by two or more people – to each other! Reciprocal Reflexive Verbs […]

French Grammar: Infinitive of Reflexive Verbs

Identify: French Grammar: Infinitive of Reflexive Verbs la grammaire française: l’infinitif des verbes réfléchis Reflexive Verbs are a special class of verbs in French. Be sure to review the lesson on Reflexive Verbs first before moving on to this lesson! Whenever reflexive verbs are used in the infinitive with another verb (for example, aimer, aller, […]