Lost your password? Please enter your email address. You will receive a link and will create a new password via email.

What is the capital of Tunisia?

Please type your username.

Please type your E-Mail.

Please choose the appropriate section so the question can be searched easily.

Please choose suitable Keywords Ex: question, poll.

Type the description thoroughly and in details.

What is the capital of Tunisia?

Rules of thumb for auxiliary verbs (avoir/être) in passé composé?

The comparison with German is not going to be very helpful, in general. Here are rules of thumb for French:

  1. All reflexive and reciprocal verbs are conjugated with être
  2. Most of the rest of the verbs are conjugated with avoir
  3. Except for a short list of verbs, which, when used intransitively, are conjugated with être

The rule of thumb for the short list is that they generally indicate some motion or movement. They are often assembled into a mnemonic diagram called “la maison d’être” such as you can easily find on the web (like here).

An image replacing the dead link above

It is worth it to simply memorize this list since the same rules apply not only to Passé Composé but to all compound tenses.


Leave a comment

What is the capital of Tunisia?