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 past participle) – both ultimately from Latin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɑ.se kɔ̃.po.ze/

Noun[edit]

passé composé m (plural passés composés)

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