Après avoir fait OR Aprés que

JohnC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Après avoir fait OR Aprés que

If I want to say ‘after I did something’ when do I use the construction ‘après avoir + past participle’ and when do I use ‘après que + indicative tense’

Or, could I use either?

The question in the test was:  ‘you went to the cinema after studying for your exam’

I used ‘après que tu as révisé pour ton examen’ and it was marked wrong. The correct answer being ‘après avoir révisé pour ton examen’

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi John,

As the quiz is attached to the lesson, I assume the idea was to get the learner used to using -

 'après avoir +participe passé'.

But no, your suggestion is not incorrect.

 

JohnC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

The quiz wasn’t attached to a lesson. It was just a quiz. But so long as I can use either expression, that is fine. Thanks. 

DonA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Bonjour.

I would like to add that you are discussing two separate tenses. 1) After I did something, and 2) After doing something. For #1), the french translation would be Après que tu as quelque chose while the translation for #2) is Après avoir fait quelque chose. In summary, you had the wrong tense in your translation. (Even though both are similar in meaning.)

Après avoir fait OR Aprés que

If I want to say ‘after I did something’ when do I use the construction ‘après avoir + past participle’ and when do I use ‘après que + indicative tense’

Or, could I use either?

The question in the test was:  ‘you went to the cinema after studying for your exam’

I used ‘après que tu as révisé pour ton examen’ and it was marked wrong. The correct answer being ‘après avoir révisé pour ton examen’

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