Préparés

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Damien

Kwiziq community member

27 March 2018

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Damien

Kwiziq community member

27 March 2018

27/03/18

nous les avons préparés. Why not préparé? i thought past participle did not change to match subject when avoir is auxiliary.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

27 March 2018

27/03/18

Hi Damien,


you are correct in that the past participle does not match the COD in the case of avoir


BUT (and there always is a but!)


except for the case when the COD precedes the particple, in which case it IS matched. Let's look at your example:


Nous les avons préparés. --"les" is the COD and precedes the participle ("préparés"). Since "les" is plural (and apparently not all female), the participle needs to take this into account --> "preparés".


-- Chris (not a anative speaker).

Damien

Kwiziq community member

27 March 2018

27/03/18

thanks Chris, very interesting. By the way, what does COD stand for? i would have called "les" a direct object pronoun. 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

27 March 2018

27/03/18

COD = Complément d'objet direct.


Yes, "direct object pronoun" is exactly what COD means.


-- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

27 March 2018

27/03/18

Bonjour Damien and Chris !


Here is the link to our lesson on past participle agreement with the direct object pronoun with auxiliary avoir :


https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/special-cases-when-the-past-participle-agrees-in-number-and-gender-when-used-with-avoir-in-le-passe-compose-conversational-past


Bonne journée ! 

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