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l'Imparfait

is this right for the endings?: Je - e Tu - (e) Il - Elle - e Nous - (e)s Vous - (e)s Ils - (e)s Elles - es

Example: Je suis tombée

May 23, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

That's not the imperfect. That's the compound past.

Je suis tombée is correct for "I fell" if the person speaking is a female.

May 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hira946451

Oops, I got mixed up. But the endings like if you are a girl you would put e and if there are numerous people you would put s are correct??

May 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

You have to be careful with that. Most past compound constructions take avoir as the auxiliary verb. Some take être (see "Maison d'être" for example.). With the "être" verbs what you said about the ending of the past participle having to agree with the subject is true. (Tomber is such a verb, which is why the past participle becomes tombé, tombés, tombée, or tombées, depending upon the gender and the number of the subject.) With reflexive verbs this is true as well.

With avoir verbs this is not the case (i.e., past participle endings are invariable and will end in -é, -i, -u, -t or -s, depending upon the verb. e.g., tombé, fini, vendu, dit, pris). But there are some exceptions to this. For example, when the auxiliary verb is avoir, the past participle must agree with the direct object (not the subject!) if the direct object precedes the past participle in the sentence.

It's quite a bit to take in all at once. the french course on duolingo has some pretty good Tips and Notes on this (click on the lightbulbs).

May 23, 2019

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Ok!! Thanks for helping!! I am particularly curious of the gender and amount of people side of etre passe composse!! You cleared it up!!

May 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

Here is some practice for you to master the imperfect.

May 24, 2019

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Thanks!!!

May 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Koezumi

Hello,

That's not imparfait but passé composé.

Imparfait either ends by -ais, -ait, -ions, -iez or -aient

Je tombais, tu tombais, il tombait, nous tombions, vous tombiez, ils tombaient

May 23, 2019
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