How to know when to use "avoir" or "etre" in past tense?
Hi everyone. I'm really confused on when to know if I should use "avoir" or "etre" in past tense. I know that "etre" is used for motion verbs, but it's still super confusing. Do you have any tips?
There is a rather short list of verbs using être, but these are very common verbs. Some verbs can also take both avoir and être, with a different meaning.
An intransitive verb does not have a direct object for example the verb "sortir" can be transitive or intransitive; when it is used as a transitive verb it is conjugated with the auxiliary "avoir".
J'ai sorti ma voiture du garage. I took my car out of the garage
When it is used intransitively it is conjugated with the verb être.
Je suis sorti de la maison. I got out of the house