French Passé Récent, Venir De, Recent Past Tense

passé récentIn this lesson you’ll learn how to describe something that you just did in French. The name for this tense is the “Passé Récent” because it describes something you did in the recent past. If you want to say something that you’re about to do, use the futur proche.

The construction is quite simple. What you do is say the verb “venir” in the present tense, add “de” and then add the infinitive of a verb.

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  • Je viens de voir un bon film. I just saw a good movie.

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Examples

  • Je viens de commander une pizza. I just ordered a pizza.
  • Tu viens de manger une salade. You just ate a salad.
  • Il vient d’aller au magasin. He just went to the store.
  • Nous venons d’acheter une voiture. We just bought a car.
  • Je viens d’aller à la piscine. I just went to the pool.
  • Ils viennent de voyager en France. They just traveled in France.
  • Je viens de couper le fromage. I just cut the cheese.
  • Tu viens de parler à mon ami. You just spoke to my friend.
  • Elle vient de téléphoner à sa mère. She just called her mother.
  • Elles viennent de finir le repas. They (f) just finished the meal.
  • Il vient de commencer un nouveau projet. He just stared a new project.
  • Ils viennent de danser ensemble. They just danced together.
  • Il vient de jouer au foot. He just played soccer.
  • Je viens de chanter une chanson. I just sang a song.
  • Nous venons de faire la vaisselle. We just did the dishes.
  • Elle vient d’écrire une lettre. She just wrote a letter.
  • Tu viens de ranger ta chambre. You just tidied up your room.
  • Je viens d’aller à l’école. I just went to the school.
  • Elle vient d’acheter une nouvelle moto. She just bought a new motorbike.
  • Je viens de boire un café. I just drank a coffee.
  • Tu viens de finir cette leçon. You just finished this lesson.
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