French Passé Composé with Être – List of Verbs

The Passé Composé with Être

The passé composé of certain French verbs uses the present tense form of être as helping verb. You need to add the past participle of the verb you want to use in the past tense. Do not confuse verbs that use être with action verbs. Many action verbs use avoir as helping verb.  Most of these verbs express a change of place, state, or condition.



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List of the most common 17 verbs that take être as auxiliary verb.

CONJUGATION OF HELPING VERB ÊTRE:

JE SUISNOUS SOMMES
TU ESVOUS ÊTES
IL – ELLE – ON ESTILS – ELLES SONT

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