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Could you also say "Nous sommes passés la poste." (without the preposition 'devant'.

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Stewart

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2018

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Could you also say "Nous sommes passés la poste." (without the preposition 'devant'.

This relates to:
Passer can be used with avoir or être in Le Passé Composé... and changes meaning -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2018

17/01/18

No, I don't think the sentence "Nous sommes passés la poste" is proper French. There does seem to be the requirement of a preposition of some kind, although it doesn't have to be "devant". You could also say, "Nous sommes passés par la poste", for example.

But other meanings of "être passé" don't require a preposition. For example:

Le carburant est passé de l'état liquide à l'état gazeux. -- The fuel changed from liquid state to gaseous stat.
Le temps est passé. -- Time's up.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2018

17/01/18

Thanks Chris, I suspected that would be the answer but I wasn't sure.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

15 April 2018

15/04/18

Hi Stewart,


You can say,


Nous sommes passés à la poste - We went to the Post Office


Nous sommes passés devant la poste We went past the Post Office


Hope this helps!

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