French Past

This is a list of verbs in the past tense in French. First let's start with the raw format before conjugating the verbs to the past form. Make sure to compare this table and the one below it.

To see: Voir
To write: Écrire
To love: Aimer / adorer
To give: Donner
To play: Jouer
To read: Lire
To understand: Comprendre
To have: Avoir
To know: Savoir / Connaître
To learn: Apprendre
To think: Penser
To work: Travailler
To speak: Parler
To drive: Conduire
To smile: Sourire
To find: Trouver

These samples show how the verbs above are conjugated in the past tense in a sentence which includes all the object pronouns (I, you, she...).

I saw you: Je t'ai vu
I wrote with a pen: J'ai écrit avec un stylo
You loved apples: Vous avez adoré les pommes
You gave money: Vous avez donné de l'argent
You played tennis: Vous avez joué au tennis
He read (past) a book: Il a lu un livre
He understood me: Il m'a compris
She had a cat: Elle avait un chat
She knew my friend: Elle connaissait mon ami(e)
We wanted to learn: Nous avons voulu apprendre
We thought Spanish is easy: Nous avons pensé que l'espagnol était facile
You (plural) worked here: Vous avez travaillé ici
You (plural) spoke French: Vous avez parlé français
They drove a car: Ils ont conduit une voiture
They smiled: Ils ont souri

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