How do you know if something is past or present tense in French?
Quick Recap on French Past Tense
The past tense is used when you talk about an action that took place and was completed in the past. To form the past tense, you use this formula: present tense of the verb avoir or être + the past participle.
How do you identify the present tense?
We use the simple present tense when an action is happening right now, or when it happens regularly (or unceasingly, which is why it’s sometimes called present indefinite). Depending on the person, the simple present tense is formed by using the root form or by adding ‑s or ‑es to the end. I feel great!
What is present tense in French examples?
Using the present tense
Use the present tense for routine actions, current actions and current facts. For example: Je bois du thé tous les jours. – I drink tea every day.
How do you identify present and past tense?
The past is used to describe things that have already happened (e.g., earlier in the day, yesterday, last week, three years ago). The present tense is used to describe things that are happening right now, or things that are continuous.
How do you explain simple present tense?
The simple present tense is when you use a verb to tell about things that happen continually in the present, like every day, every week, or every month. We use the simple present tense for anything that happens often or is factual. Here are a few examples: I go to school every day.
How do you form the present tense in French?
Être (to be)
- Je suis avocat(e) (I am a lawyer)
- Tu es avocat(e) (You are a lawyer)
- Il/elle est avocat(e) (He/she is a lawyer)
- Nous sommes avocat(e)s (We are lawyers)
- Vous êtes avocat(e)s (You are lawyers)
- Ils/elles sont avocat(e)s (They are lawyers)
How do you form the present tense in French BBC Bitesize?
How to use regular -ER verbs in the present tense
- Rule: Remove the -er from the end of the infinitive and add the appropriate ending for each pronoun.
- Infinitives are the basic form of a verb, before any changes for tense or people are made - like jouer (to play) or vendre (to sell).
- For example, jouer (to play):