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Can anyone help me with the grammar and tenses in French? Any easy ways to remember them all??


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Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get responses.

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Can anyone help me with the grammar and tenses in French? Any easy ways to remember them all??


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Best way is probably to practice consistently

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Tenses are much easier than you might think as there are patterns to them - if you learn the pattern and apply it, you won't have to learn reams and reams of stuff.

There are two types of tenses: simple and compound. The simple tenses are:

present
imperfect
future
conditional
subjunctive
past historic (which you don't need for AS)

The compound tenses are the auxiliary verbs avoir or être in the above tenses followed by a past participle, which gives you:

passé composé (present of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
pluperfect (imperfect of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
future perfect (future of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
conditional perfect (conditional of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
perfect subjunctive (subjunctive of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
past anterior (which you don't need for AS - past historic of the auxiliary verb + past participle)

One tense you really need to learn off by heart: the present. The most common verbs are irregular so this is really important. This will help you form the imperfect and the subjunctive. The future tense has lots of irregular roots which need to be learnt but the endings are always regular so you don't need to learn them more than once! The conditional is just the future root followed by the imperfect endings, so that's easy. And then, for the compound tenses, you need to learn the past participles and whether the verbs take avoir or être - most verbs take avoir.

The book I use with my students and which really sets it out clearly, with loads of exercises for practice, is this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Gramm.../dp/095706120X . Perhaps a tad pricey but worth every penny, believe me.
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Tenses are much easier than you might think as there are patterns to them - if you learn the pattern and apply it, you won't have to learn reams and reams of stuff.

There are two types of tenses: simple and compound. The simple tenses are:

present
imperfect
future
conditional
subjunctive
past historic (which you don't need for AS)

The compound tenses are the auxiliary verbs avoir or être in the above tenses followed by a past participle, which gives you:

passé composé (present of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
pluperfect (imperfect of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
future perfect (future of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
conditional perfect (conditional of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
perfect subjunctive (subjunctive of the auxiliary verb + past participle)
past anterior (which you don't need for AS - past historic of the auxiliary verb + past participle)

One tense you really need to learn off by heart: the present. The most common verbs are irregular so this is really important. This will help you form the imperfect and the subjunctive. The future tense has lots of irregular roots which need to be learnt but the endings are always regular so you don't need to learn them more than once! The conditional is just the future root followed by the imperfect endings, so that's easy. And then, for the compound tenses, you need to learn the past participles and whether the verbs take avoir or être - most verbs take avoir.

The book I use with my students and which really sets it out clearly, with loads of exercises for practice, is this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Gramm.../dp/095706120X . Perhaps a tad pricey but worth every penny, believe me.
Sorry I've only just saw this! THANK YOU!!!!!! Such a huge help, will definitely look into getting the book also. Thanks again!
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Sorry I've only just saw this! THANK YOU!!!!!! Such a huge help, will definitely look into getting the book also. Thanks again!
Glad this helped. Do post again if you have any further questions as grammar is quite easy to de-mystify!
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