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Perfect tense with être - talking about the past

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Verbs that take être in the perfect tense

A limited number of verbs take être. Here is the list of the verbs used with être in the perfect tense. Try to memorise them as the MRS VANDERTRAMP verbs:

  • Monter --> monté (went up)
  • Retourner --> retourné (returned)
  • Sortir --> sorti (went out)
  • Venir --> venu (came)
  • Arriver --> arrivé (arrived)
  • Naître --> né (was born)
  • Descendre --> descendu (went down)
  • Entrer --> entré (entered)
  • Rester --> resté (stayed)
  • Tomber --> tombé (fell)
  • Rentrer --> rentré (went back in)
  • Aller --> allé (went)
  • Mourir --> mort (died)
  • Partir --> parti (left)

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