"Après qu'elle a cuisiné le repas, nous avons mangé."

Translation:After she cooked the meal, we ate.

March 30, 2018

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For those wondering why it's après que rather than après here is an explanation.

après + noun / pronoun without an associated conjugated verb

après + verb in the past infinitive (past infinitive indicates an action that occurred before the action of the main verb, but only when the subject of both verbs is the same)

après que + a clause with a conjugated verb (similar constructs include: maintenant que, depuis que, une fois que.)


C’est bon de boire une bière après le ski. - It is good to drink a beer after skiing
Après avoir marché pendant une heure, j‘étais perdu - After walking for an hour I was lost
Après que mon fils m'a donné deslégumes, j'ai cuisiné de la soupe. - After my son gave me vegetables, I cooked soup.
Je dois commencer après qu'il part. - I must start after he leaves.
Je dois commencer après son départ - I must start after his departure.
Il part après son repas - He leaves after his meal
Il part après qu'elle a mangé - he leaves after she has eaten
Il part après avoir mangé. - He leaves after eating
Deux ans après que je suis parti - Two years after I left
Après cela il a marché - After that it worked
Après que je l'ai frappé, il a marché - After I hit it, it worked
Je pensais qu'ils en avaient après toi - I thought they were after you


Should "Manges" be in plural according to "Nous"?


No. The auxiliary verb is "avoir". This means it can only agree with the direct object if the direct object precedes it. "Mangé" here does not have a direct object.

There is never agreement with the subject if "avoir" is used.


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