Significance of description of passe compose


Kwiziq community member

12 October 2017

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Significance of description of passe compose

Is there any significance in the website's use of "passe compose" in some cases and "Le Passe Compose (conversational past)" in other cases?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate regular -ir verbs (+ avoir) in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)"


Kwiziq community member

13 October 2017


Bonjour Nigel, «le passé composé (conversational past)» and «passé composé» mean the same thing. «Le Passé Composé» is the more formal way to write «passé composé». During a discussion, either oral or written, it is not uncommon to simply use «passé composé» in explanations and discussions in lieu of the more formal form. Bonne chance et bonne continuation.


Kwiziq community member

16 October 2017


Ron, Hiya !! Many thanks! So, the answer is, there's no difference, and it's just a bit confusing the way the website uses them interchangeably with no explanation. Cheers!! NMO

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