arriver, to manage, also uses être as the auxiliary verb?

Terri

Kwiziq community member

31 August 2017

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arriver, to manage, also uses être as the auxiliary verb?

I answered the quiz using 'as arrivé' for 'managed', but it was marked wrong and this is the linked page. There are other verbs which sometimes and avoir and sometimes être depending on meaning. Do I correctly understand that with arriver it only uses être? Thank you, Terri

This relates to:
Conjugate coming and going verbs (+ être) in Le Passé Composé (conversational past) -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

31 August 2017

31/08/17

Bonjour Terri, The rule is that when verbs like sortir and monter are transitive (followed by a direct object), they take avoir; otherwise it's être. In the case of arriver, it's impossible to use a direct object; therefore, the auxiliary is always être. I hope this helps, bonne continuation !

Terri

Kwiziq community member

31 August 2017

31/08/17

Thanks so much, Laura. This is a great help, and very clear! Terri

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