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    ok, im doing my french GCSE this year and i was wondering if anyone has any notes or good websites can u please send it to me! with much appreciation!

    someone also please help cuz i find French quite hard specially because of conditional, imperfect and perfect tense. i dont know what they are! i dont get them! please explain?

    Also i dont knw when to use le/la/les/des/de la/du
    confusing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lastlyfor my french exam do i realy need to know all this or will i b saved if i jus know my kewords!

    Thanks x
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    (Original post by GCSEfreak)
    ok, im doing my french GCSE this year and i was wondering if anyone has any notes or good websites can u please send it to me! with much appreciation!

    someone also please help cuz i find French quite hard specially because of conditional, imperfect and perfect tense. i dont know what they are! i dont get them! please explain?

    Also i dont knw when to use le/la/les/des/de la/du
    confusing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lastlyfor my french exam do i realy need to know all this or will i b saved if i jus know my kewords!

    Thanks x
    I'm surprised nobody has waded in yet to help you! What's going on out there? Let me see if I can do something for you.

    Tenses:

    The main ones you need to know for GCSE are the present, perfect (or passé composé), imperfect, future and conditional.

    In a nutshell:

    Present: Je travaille translates as either "I work" or "I am working".
    Perfect: J'ai travaillé translates as either "I have worked" or "I worked".
    Imperfect: Je travaillais translates as either "I used to work" or "I was working".
    Future: Je travaillerai translates as "I will work"
    Conditional: Je travaillerais translates as "I would work".

    Ideally, you should know these tenses for all your verbs, including the irregular ones. Being an old fuddy-duddy I'm not up to recommending websites, I'm afraid, but I would suggest that you buy a set of basic verb tables - like this one:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collins-Gem-.../dp/0007224184
    and then learn them! Just bookmark the irregular verbs you're most likely to need and learn those. Don't bother with any obscure ones, they won't come up at GCSE!

    Articles (le/la/les etc.) can be confusing, even for A2 students, so don't get too upset about that.

    Again, in a nutshell:

    le/la/les -
    are used for "the" and also when talking about the whole category, eg: J'aime les chevaux = I like horses.

    un/une/des -
    are used for "a / an" in the singular. In the plural, the English don't use anything, so this is where it can become more difficult. If in doubt in the plural, make it singular in your head and if you get "a/an" you will need des.
    Take a look at this one: Pendant mes vacances, j'ai fait les/des sports. To choose between les / des, make it singular in your head: "I did a sport" or "I did the sport" on my holiday? - obviously "a sport" so you should use des - Pendant mes vacances, j'ai fait des sports.

    du/de la/ des - these don't exist in English. They're called "partitive articles", by the way. They are used when you are talking about a part of something. You can often, but not always, use "some" in English for this. Eg at table, you might say Je voudrais du sel : "I'd like some salt". If you said: Je voudrais le sel you're saying that you want "the salt", which could also be correct, in the right context. The difficulty here is that du/de la/des are also the preposition de "of, from" + le/la/les which always translates as "the" after de. So: J'ai peur du chien = I'm afraid of the dog.

    To answer your last question as to whether you really need to know all this! It all depends on what you're aiming for. If you're happy with scraping through, then by all means just do your keywords and you'll pass. If you want anything like a good grade you will need at least some grammar. For example, pupils who get A* in French will be using a range of tenses, and getting most of them right. Pupils who get a C will not be using the same range of tenses, even if they get them right.

    I hope this helps! I hope that a kind soul out there could now point you to some websites!
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    (Original post by Anna Schoon)
    I'm surprised nobody has waded in yet to help you! What's going on out there? Let me see if I can do something for you.

    Tenses:

    The main ones you need to know for GCSE are the present, perfect (or passé composé), imperfect, future and conditional.

    In a nutshell:

    Present: Je travaille translates as either "I work" or "I am working".
    Perfect: J'ai travaillé translates as either "I have worked" or "I worked".
    Imperfect: Je travaillais translates as either "I used to work" or "I was working".
    Future: Je travaillerai translates as "I will work"
    Conditional: Je travaillerais translates as "I would work".

    Ideally, you should know these tenses for all your verbs, including the irregular ones. Being an old fuddy-duddy I'm not up to recommending websites, I'm afraid, but I would suggest that you buy a set of basic verb tables - like this one:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collins-Gem-.../dp/0007224184
    and then learn them! Just bookmark the irregular verbs you're most likely to need and learn those. Don't bother with any obscure ones, they won't come up at GCSE!

    Articles (le/la/les etc.) can be confusing, even for A2 students, so don't get too upset about that.

    Again, in a nutshell:

    le/la/les -
    are used for "the" and also when talking about the whole category, eg: J'aime les chevaux = I like horses.

    un/une/des -
    are used for "a / an" in the singular. In the plural, the English don't use anything, so this is where it can become more difficult. If in doubt in the plural, make it singular in your head and if you get "a/an" you will need des.
    Take a look at this one: Pendant mes vacances, j'ai fait les/des sports. To choose between les / des, make it singular in your head: "I did a sport" or "I did the sport" on my holiday? - obviously "a sport" so you should use des - Pendant mes vacances, j'ai fait des sports.

    du/de la/ des - these don't exist in English. They're called "partitive articles", by the way. They are used when you are talking about a part of something. You can often, but not always, use "some" in English for this. Eg at table, you might say Je voudrais du sel : "I'd like some salt". If you said: Je voudrais le sel you're saying that you want "the salt", which could also be correct, in the right context. The difficulty here is that du/de la/des are also the preposition de "of, from" + le/la/les which always translates as "the" after de. So: J'ai peur du chien = I'm afraid of the dog.

    To answer your last question as to whether you really need to know all this! It all depends on what you're aiming for. If you're happy with scraping through, then by all means just do your keywords and you'll pass. If you want anything like a good grade you will need at least some grammar. For example, pupils who get A* in French will be using a range of tenses, and getting most of them right. Pupils who get a C will not be using the same range of tenses, even if they get them right.

    I hope this helps! I hope that a kind soul out there could now point you to some websites!

    Thankyou So much! Your such an AMAZING Person!!i really appreciate all this, it really helps!

    Btw for the exam i dont think that they would give me paragraph type questions. i think i need to know all this for my CW and for the exam just Keywords as they just ask me question (if in french, i have to answer in english vice versa) Am i right?

    Once again Thankyouuuuuuuuu very much!!
    I wish u all the best in life!
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    (Original post by GCSEfreak)
    Thankyou So much! Your such an AMAZING Person!!i really appreciate all this, it really helps!

    Btw for the exam i dont think that they would give me paragraph type questions. i think i need to know all this for my CW and for the exam just Keywords as they just ask me question (if in french, i have to answer in english vice versa) Am i right?

    Once again Thankyouuuuuuuuu very much!!
    I wish u all the best in life!
    It depends on your exam board; best to check with your teacher what format the exam is in and what exactly you need to produce as coursework. As a general rule, if you are asked questions in French you must answer in French as well! If questions are in English you can answer in English.
 
 
 
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