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How would I say "The witnesses have described him as..."

So far, I've used the Pluperfect but I don't know how to get the "as" bit...
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Probably wrong but could you use comme?
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Probably wrong but could you use comme?
I've used that but it looks a bit weird...
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That is the correct usage, to use 'comme', however I've known French people to use 'que' after the pluperfect tense...


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That is the correct usage, to use 'comme', however I've known French people to use 'que' after the pluperfect tense...


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Thanks! Well as long as it's correct it's fine
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How would I say "The witnesses have described him as..."

So far, I've used the Pluperfect but I don't know how to get the "as" bit...
This doesn't look like it requires the pluperfect. That would typically translate "The witnesses had described him as .."
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True. In this case, the witnesses HAVE described him as', then you would only need to say 'ont se décri comme' or something. Whereas, if you were saying the pluperfect, it would be '...HAD desribed him'.


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'ont se décri comme'
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".. l'ont décrit comme .."
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How would I say "The witnesses have described him as..."

So far, I've used the Pluperfect but I don't know how to get the "as" bit...
Les témoins l'ont décrit comme...
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This doesn't look like it requires the pluperfect. That would typically translate "The witnesses had described him as .."
The question used pluperfect so I just presumed that the answer should also be in pluperfect
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(Original post by lightningdoritos)
The question used pluperfect so I just presumed that the answer should also be in pluperfect
Give the question.
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I think you need to learn your tenses -

I am giving , I give = present ( je donne)
I shall give = future ( je donnerai) I shall have given = future perfect ( j'aurai donne* )
I should give = conditional ( je donnerais) I should have given ( j'aurais donne*)
I gave, I have given =perfect ( j'ai donne*)
I had given = pluperfect ( J'avais donne*) * acute accents needed.
I was giving, I used to give, I gave = imperfect ( je donnais )

Not to mention the passe* simple/ preterite and all the subjunctives. ( Which you must learn to use after il faut que )

French is all about learning your irregular verbs- they are the most commonly used and if you know them you've largely cracked it. If you don't it'll all be a fog. There's no short cut you just have to pace up and down repeating them ( 30 times each ) until you know them.

Don't you have a full list somewhere ?

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Just as a way to help, I suggest you buy one of the 'dictionaires de conjugaisons'. Fantastic aid for exams, and you notice the patterns.


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I think you need to learn your tenses -

I am giving , I give = present ( je donne)
I shall give = future ( je donnerai) I shall have given = future perfect ( j'aurai donne* )
I should give = conditional ( je donnerais) I should have given ( j'aurais donne*)
I gave, I have given =perfect ( j'ai donne*)
I had given = pluperfect ( J'avais donne*) * acute accents needed.
I was giving, I used to give, I gave = imperfect ( je donnais )

Not to mention the passe* simple/ preterite and all the subjunctives. ( Which you must learn to use after il faut que )

French is all about learning your irregular verbs- they are the most commonly used and if you know them you've largely cracked it. If you don't it'll all be a fog. There's no short cut you just have to pace up and down repeating them ( 30 times each ) until you know them.

Don't you have a full list somewhere ?

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I know my tenses and how to form the rest of the sentence, just wanted some clarification on the "as" bit.
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How would I say "The witnesses have described him as..."

So far, I've used the Pluperfect but I don't know how to get the "as" bit...
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