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How does the recent past structure work with pronouns and reflexives?

AndreaB2Kwiziq community member

How does the recent past structure work with pronouns and reflexives?

Example: Tu es aller à la poste? If one wanted to avoid repetition, where should any pronouns be placed? Provision of examples would help greatly. Thanks heaps!

Asked 3 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Andrea, 

With the sentence, you quote -

Tu es allé/e à la poste ? ------> Oui, j'y suis allé/e hier

Did you go to the post office? ------> Yes, I went there yesterday

Y replaces à la poste and the following Kwiziq lesson will help you -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/the-adverbial-pronoun-y-means-there

If you used 'venir de' which you pinned to your question -

Tu viens d'aller à la poste ?-----> Oui, je viens d'y aller

Have you just been to the post office? ----> Yes, I have just been (there)

Hope this helps!

 

 

CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Peter, 

The verb 'venir' de to express a recent past can be used in the présent or the imparfait.

Il venait d'arriver = He had just arrived

Je venais de me réveiller = I had just woken up 

Il venait d'aller à la poste = He had just been to the post office 

 

PeterC1Kwiziq community member

Je viens de me réveiller - I just woke up

If you say: "Tu es venu d'aller à La Poste"- It would mean :"You HAD just gone to the post office".

Otherwise: Tu viens d'aller à La Poste = You have just gone to the p.o. (You just went to the p.o. )

How does the recent past structure work with pronouns and reflexives?

Example: Tu es aller à la poste? If one wanted to avoid repetition, where should any pronouns be placed? Provision of examples would help greatly. Thanks heaps!

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