So 'écrit' is present tense, but it translates to 'wrote', the past tense? And 'I have written' (past perfect) is correct as well. Does anyone have an explanation for this?
'J'écris' means 'I write' - present tense 'J'ai écrit' means 'I wrote' - past tense
Conjugation is absolutely the bane of my existence right now, haha.
"Écrit" is the third-person singular in the present tense. It is the use of the FR Passé composé (compound past) tense at work here, i.e., J'ai écrit = I wrote (or) I have written. Note that "I have written" is called Present Perfect actually, not Past Perfect. Past Perfect is also called Pluperfect. It uses the imperfect tense for the auxiliary verb and looks like this: J'avais écrit deux articles = I had written two articles. Compare: J'ai écrit deux articles = I have written two articles (or) I wrote two articles.
What can I look for in sound to distinguish between "deux articles" and "douze articles"? They sound so similar to me!
Go to Google translate, put in the two things you are trying to hear the difference between and play them over and over.
Translate has its uses :-)
Does 'j'écrivais' has the same meaning as 'j'ai écrit' which is 'I wrote'?
Without anything else to go on, I would translate "j'écrivais" as "I was writing".
actually i do not knwo the answer to that but i could clearly hear it,, i heard articl
I would agree. The L is pronounced but there is no preceding ə unlike English so it's only two syllables. Harder to hear that way.
Replying to Calvin above, I was hoping that someone had replied for my own peace of mind, but from when I learnt I believe that "j'ai écrit" means "I wrote" and "j'écrivais" means "I was writing." Can anyone confirm?
"I have written two entries [for an encyclopedia]" is considered incorrect. Why is that?
"Entries"? You are not going to find every listing in a dictionary here. You can demonstrate that you know it by saying (EN) articles. If you want to invoke that meaning in a sentence and expect the hearer to catch the sense of it, you would have to develop the context.