Conjugate ouvrir, découvrir and derivatives (+ avoir) in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)

Look at these sentences in Le Passé Composé:

J'ai ouvert la fenêtre il y a une heure.
I opened the window an hour ago.

Tu as ouvert le courrier ?
Did you open the mail?

On a ouvert nos cadeaux.
We opened our presents.

 

Nous avons ouvert ce magasin il y a dix ans.
We opened that shop ten years ago.

Vous avez ouvert les yeux à la fin.
You opened your eyes at the end.

Les mariés ont ouvert le bal.
The married couple opened the ball.

 


In Le Passé Composé (conversational past), the verb ouvrir (to open) has an irregular past participleouvert, and works with avoir as an auxiliary.

avoir in Le Présent + ouvert 

Other verbs ending in "- vrir" follow the same conjugation:

découvrir (to discover) -> découvert
couvrir (to cover) -> couvert
recouvrir (to recover / to cover entirely) -> recouvert
rouvrir / réouvrir (to reopen) -> rouvert / réouvert
redécouvrir (to rediscover) -> redécouvert

See also Conjugate offrir and souffrir (+ avoir) in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)

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Les mariés ont ouvert le bal.
The married couple opened the ball.


Ils ont couvert la voiture.
They covered the car.


Vous avez ouvert les yeux à la fin.
You opened your eyes at the end.


J'ai découvert le jazz.
I discovered jazz.


Tu as ouvert le courrier ?
Did you open the mail?


On a ouvert nos cadeaux.
We opened our presents.


J'ai ouvert la fenêtre il y a une heure.
I opened the window an hour ago.


Il a ouvert la bouteille.
He opened the bottle.


Nous avons ouvert ce magasin il y a dix ans.
We opened that shop ten years ago.


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 2 answers

PekkaA1Kwiziq community member

Car il fait chaud = because it was hot.

Hi. The sentence refers to the past, so why 'car il fait chaud', which is the present tense, and not the imperfect ' car il fasais chaud'?

Cheers,

Pekka Järvilehto 

Helsinki.



Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Pekka,

Can you give me the full context, please...

Car il fait chaud = because it was hot.

Hi. The sentence refers to the past, so why 'car il fait chaud', which is the present tense, and not the imperfect ' car il fasais chaud'?

Cheers,

Pekka Järvilehto 

Helsinki.



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Sheila C1Kwiziq community member

Bonjour Aurelie, je vois un petit typo - "we opened that shop dix years ago".

I really enjoy your programme, Regards, Sheila
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Merci beaucoup Sheila ! J'ai corrigé la faute :) Bonne journée !

Bonjour Aurelie, je vois un petit typo - "we opened that shop dix years ago".

I really enjoy your programme, Regards, Sheila

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