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Graham asked: "Il doit y avoir la lettre s à la terminaison du mot retourné? vous êtes retournés "

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 November 2016

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Graham asked: "Il doit y avoir la lettre s à la terminaison du mot retourné? vous êtes retournés "

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

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 November 2016

25/11/16

Bonjour Graham !​

​I understand your confusion but here is the explanation: ''vous'' can, as you know, be used both for plural you, and for polite, formal you.
In the second case, it has a singular meaning, as it relates to a single person.

So in le Passé Composé, when you use the formal 'vous', it will agree with the single person it refers to: it was the case here, therefore ''Vous êtes retourné [...]''.

Moreover, in different contexts, you could also encounter the plural versions ''Vous êtes retournés'' or ''Vous êtes retournées'' (for a whole woman group), as well as the feminine version ''Vous êtes retournée''. "

​You can also have a look at our lesson on agreement with "être" in Le Passé Composé https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/431

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Graham

Kwiziq community member

26 November 2016

26/11/16

Vous m'avez beaucoup aidé.
Merci.

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