|French Past Tense|
Le Passé Composé (French Past Tense)
In French, the passé composé is the "barebones" to the past tense. This tense indicates a completed action in the past, which is the simplest way to describe it. If a clear starting point/ending point is given then you may use the passé composé. It combines the verb être or avoir and a past participle, so remember to brush up on your verb conjugations!
J'ai vu les éléphants au zoo. (Je les ai vus)
I saw the elephants at the zoo. I saw them (the elephants).
[I saw them = action completed]
Pour le repas hier soir, elle a préparé la dinde.
For the meal last night, she prepared turkey. (simple present)
For the meal last night, she had prepared turkey. (past perfect)
[She prepared it = action completed]
**The example above shows that the French passé composé can be equivalent to both the simple present and present perfect tenses in English, just something to keep in mind when you're translating things in your head.