Hi. The perfect tense rather than the past tense?


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24 April 2018

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Hi. The perfect tense rather than the past tense?

Hi.' Mademoiselle Rose, vous êtes devenue une charmante jeune fille' translates as: M. Rose, you became a charming young lady.  Wouldn't the perfect tense: you have become ' be better here if this is a direct comment to Miss Rose? 

Pekka Järvilehto. 


This question relates to:
French lesson "Agreeing past participle with subject's gender and number with (+ être) verbs in Le Passé Composé"


Kwiziq community member

25 April 2018


Hi Pekka,

As you know, the French sentence is in the perfect tense (vous êtes devenue). And I agree with you that for the English translation the perfect tense (you have become) would be more natural.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

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