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Perfect infinitive

This Revision Bite will give you practice in using the perfect infinitive in French.

How to form the perfect infinitive

The perfect infinitive is used to say 'to have done'. It's formed with the infinitive of avoir or être + the past participle:

  • Je regrette d'avoir oublié ton anniversaire (I regret having forgotten your birthday)

The most common use is 'after doing' with après avoir + past participle or après être + past participle:

  • Après avoir fait mes devoirs, j'ai regardé la télé (After doing my homework, I watched TV)

Remember that the rule about agreement with a feminine or plural subject applies to the past participle with être, eg: Après être allée à la piscine, elle est rentrée chez elle (After going to the swimming pool, she went home).

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