Irregular Past Participles

INFINITIVEENGLISHPAST PARTICIPLEEXAMPLEMEANING
boireto drinkbuj'ai buI drank
comprendreto understandcomprisj'ai comprisI understood
conduireto driveconduitj'ai conduitI drove
craindreto fearcraintj'ai craintI feared
devoirhave to, must, to owej'ai dûI had to
direto sayditj'ai dit I said
écrireto writeécritj'ai écritI wrote
êtreto beétéj'ai étéI was
faireto make, dofaitj'ai faitI did
falloirmust, to be necessaryfalluil a falluIt was necessary
lireto readluj'ai luI read
mettreto put, wearmisj'ai misI put
mourirto diemort(e)Il est mortHe died
naître to be bornné(e)Il est néHe was born
offrirto offeroffertj'ai offertI offered
ouvrirto openouvertj'ai ouvertI opened
peindreto paintpeintj'ai peintI painted
pleuvoirto rainpluil a plu It rained
pouvoircan, be able topuj'ai puI was able to
prendreto takeprisj'ai prisI took
rompreto breakrompuj'ai rompuI broke
recevoirto receivereçuj'ai reçuI received
résoudreto resolverésouluj'ai résoluI resolved
rireto laughrij'ai riI laughed
savoirto knowsuj'ai suI knew
suivreto followsuivitj'ai suiviI followed
tenirto holdtenuj'ai tenuI held
valoirto be worth, deservevaluil a valuIt was worth
venirto comevenuje suis venu(e)I came
vivreto livevécuj'ai vécuI lived
vouloirto wantvouluj'ai vouluI wanted
voirto seevuj'ai vuI saw

Examples

  • Il a fait froit au Québec.
    It was cold in Quebec.
  • Il a été gentil.
    He was nice
  • Tu as eu de la chance.
    You were lucky.
  • Je n’ai pu pas le faire.
    I could not do it.
  • Est-ce que tu a pu arriver à l’heure?
    Were you able to arrive on time?
  • Qu’est ce que tu a voulu dire?
    What did you want to say?
  • Nous n’avons pas voulu y aller.
    We did not want to go there.
  • Elles n’ont pas voulu le manger.
    They (group of women) did not want to eat it.
  • J’ai connu le président de la France.
    I met the president of France.
  • Elle n’a pas connu l’homme.
    She didn’t meet the man.
  • J’ai dû y aller.
    I had to go.
  • Elle a dû le faire.
    She had to do it.
  • Vous avez dû vous réveiller de bonne heure.
    You had to wake up early.
  • Tu a vu l’éléphant?
    Did you see the elephant?
  • Je ne l’ai pas vu.
    I did not see it.
  • On l’a vu.
    We saw it.
  • Nous avons vu la montagne.
    We saw the mountain.

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laits.utexas.edu (includes exercises)

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