passé composé

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

passé 'the past' (from the past participle of passer 'to happen') + composé 'compound' (the past participle of composer 'to compose, compound'; because, unlike the imparfait and passé simple, which use endings and/or root flexion, it uses an auxiliary verb and the (inflected) past participle) - both ultimately from Latin

Noun[edit]

passé composé m ‎(plural passés composés)

  1. A past tense in French grammar, to express a completed ('perfect') action