Last Updated: August 8, References Approved. To create this article, 18 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. There are 12 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 37, times. Learn more Learning to conjugate verbs in French is often the biggest hurdle students face when learning the language.
French Past Tense: Everything You Need to Know
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Of course, if you read a lot, you should memorize even more. Each French literary tense has an equivalent in everyday French. Click any link for conjugations and detailed usage notes. Non-literary equivalent: plus-que-parfait. The difference is that the imperfect subjunctive is called for in literature when the main clause is in the past tense.
Past participles of other French verbs
French Past Tense could be a mind-numbing learning task. But when approached with an open mind and willingness to learn, you should be able to grasp it quite easily. It helps a lot though if you have brushed up on your English grammar.
Does your brain knot up when you start thinking about all the things you could have done or would have done or should have done? But, like the indicative and the imperative, the conditional is a mood. Moods, unlike tenses, describe how an action takes place, not when. Most tenses are first learned in the indicative mood; you then learn them in other moods, like the conditional, the imperative and the subjunctive.