I wrote ... et j'ai achetée ...un beau centre etc because there is a female narrator, but you corrected this to acheté. May I ask what I did wrong?

HildeB1Kwiziq community member

I wrote ... et j'ai achetée ...un beau centre etc because there is a female narrator, but you corrected this to acheté. May I ask what I did wrong?

Asked 10 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

When the passé composé is formed using avoir (as is the case here), you always use the male form of the participle. It is only when using a form of être that you accord the participle to the subject.

Marcel a acheté une nouvelle voiture. Anne a acheté une nouvelle voiture.

Marcel est venu nous voir. Anne est venue nous voir.

HildeB1Kwiziq community member

Of course!  Thank you.  

RyanC1Kwiziq community member

Salut Hilde !

Whether the narrator is female or male, avoir + participe passé will just end in é in -er verbs. A scenario when the acheté becomes achetée is when you are referring back to something in the form of a Direct Object Pronoun.

Example:

A: As-tu acheté la fleur ?

B: Oui, je l'ai achetée. (achetée because the l' refers to the flower, a feminine noun)

I hope that helped you understand!

Bonne continuation !

I wrote ... et j'ai achetée ...un beau centre etc because there is a female narrator, but you corrected this to acheté. May I ask what I did wrong?

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