Do you know the recent past? Here is a new lesson to use it in French. The recent past is one the fourth French past tenses.
Then it is time for you to learn to describe what you just did or an event that just happened. To do that, you will use the recent past.
For instance, you may like to say: I’m going to eat. And after a few minutes, you could say: I just ate. Or generally, you could say I’m going to do something and then I just did something.
Like the use of the near future, the use of the recent past in French is quite easy. You just have to know the conjugation of the verb venir in present tense, then add the French preposition de, and then the verb in the infinitive form.
Here is an example with the verb faire (… just did something):
- Je viens de … (faire quelque chose)
- Tu viens de … (faire quelque chose)
- Il vient de … (faire quelque chose)
- Nous venons de … (faire quelque chose)
- Vous venez de … (faire quelque chose)
- Ils viennent de … (faire quelque chose)
To sum up, recent past: venir (present) + de + verb infinitive.
You can change the verb given in this example, with any action verb that you want to use. Now you know how to use the recent past in French.
In future articles, I will show you how to conjugate verbs in other French past tenses. You will see that another French past tense is as easy as this one.
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