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How do I learn all the French tenses?
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How do I learn all the French tenses?
Can you please be more precise?

If you are struggling with conjugations, then please give a list of the tenses you are trying to master. You are not required to know "all" the French tenses for GCSE but you may, of course, be working towards a different exam.

If you are struggling with the use of tenses, then again, please say which tenses in particular are bothering you.
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How do I learn all the French tenses?
You're GCSE level - you don't need to learn 'all the tenses'. For instance, you'll probably manage to do without the imperfect subjuctive...

Verbs are generally learnt in groups called paradigms - it's a way of grouping them to make them easier to learn. Some verbs are important to know well in several tenses - avoir and être are the obvious examples.

Are you struggling with particular tenses, or is this a more general enquiry about learning verbs?
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Can you please be more precise?

If you are struggling with conjugations, then please give a list of the tenses you are trying to master. You are not required to know "all" the French tenses for GCSE but you may, of course, be working towards a different exam.

If you are struggling with the use of tenses, then again, please say which tenses in particular are bothering you.
I need help with the verbs like avoir and etre, and the others because i keep forgetting them
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You're GCSE level - you don't need to learn 'all the tenses'. For instance, you'll probably manage to do without the imperfect subjuctive...

Verbs are generally learnt in groups called paradigms - it's a way of grouping them to make them easier to learn. Some verbs are important to know well in several tenses - avoir and être are the obvious examples.

Are you struggling with particular tenses, or is this a more general enquiry about learning verbs?
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Im struggling with most of the tenses, for example past participle
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How do I learn all the French tenses?
What websites or apps would you recommend me to use, while learning the french tenses?
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Im struggling with most of the tenses, for example past participle
Just to note the past participle isn't a tense...

I think you need a decent grammar book to show you the verb tables laid out. It's not really realistic to help you over TSR. For instance, I could tell you that regular -er verbs form their present tense with stem + -e, -es, -e, -ons, -ez, -ent but I don't think that'a actually going to help you learn them.

A lot of this is drilling - that means learning the endings and then practising them by inflecting the verbs correctly in sample sentences. For this, you need a good grammar book with practice exercises, or a separate grammar outlines book.

There are also very common irregular verbs - some of these are less irregular than you think and have a discernible pattern (or at least can be grouped). Others have totally irregular parts and just have to be learnt.
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Just to note the past participle isn't a tense...

I think you need a decent grammar book to show you the verb tables laid out. It's not really realistic to help you over TSR. For instance, I could tell you that regular -er verbs form their present tense with stem + -e, -es, -e, -ons, -ez, -ent but I don't think that'a actually going to help you learn them.

A lot of this is drilling - that means learning the endings and then practising them by inflecting the verbs correctly in sample sentences. For this, you need a good grammar book with practice exercises, or a separate grammar outlines book.

There are also very common irregular verbs - some of these are less irregular than you think and have a discernible pattern (or at least can be grouped). Others have totally irregular parts and just have to be learnt.
Is there any websites that could help me learn the tenses?
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Is there any websites that could help me learn the tenses?
Have you looked at BBC Bitesize? Or Duolingo?
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Have you looked at BBC Bitesize? Or Duolingo?
Do you have a linguascope account? Is duolingo a good website?
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Do you have a linguascope account? Is duolingo a good website?
I'm a bit too advanced for websites for those, but I hear that duolingo in particular seems to be very popular. Maybe worth a look.
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