Bonjour, dear student! Today, we’re going to dive into a very interesting aspect of the French language, the “Passé Récent” or “Recent Past”. This tense is used to describe events that have happened just a short time ago.
It is a quite practical and frequently used tense in everyday French. You’re already familiar with the construction “Venir de + Infinitive”, aren’t you? If not, don’t worry, you’re going to learn it here and practice it to perfection.
Our exercises will involve sentence arrangement, translation, vocabulary exercises, writing exercises, and even a little bit of guessing game! Let’s get started.
1) Put the Sentences in the Correct Order – French Recent Past
a) vient / mon / travailler / de / père
Mon père vient de travailler.
2) Translate these Sentences – French Recent Past Exercises
a) I just finished my homework.
Je viens de finir mes devoirs.
3) Practice your Vocabulary of French Recent Past
a) just finished – just arrived – just left
vient de finir – vient d’arriver – vient de partir
4) Practice Your Writing by Translating these Small Texts
5) About French Recent Past, Guess the Questions to the Answers
a) Je viens de manger. ( Qui…)
Qui vient de manger?
Et voilà! You’ve done an excellent job on today’s exercises! Keep practicing what you’ve learned today about the Passé Récent. Remember, practice makes perfect.
You can always go back to these exercises and redo them, or you can try creating your own sentences using the passé récent to tell about recent happenings in your life.
That will solidify your understanding and help you get more comfortable with this tense. French is a beautiful language, and every step you take to understand it better brings you closer to its heart.