I am still confused with past participles agreement with the verbs. e.g. Les fleurs que j'ai senties.

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Monica

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16 October 2018

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I am still confused with past participles agreement with the verbs. e.g. Les fleurs que j'ai senties.

This relates to:
Special cases when the past participle agrees (in number & gender) when used with 'avoir' in Le Passé Composé -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2018

16/10/18

The rule is: if the COD comes before the participle, then you need to agree the participle.

Les fleurs -- COD (feminine, plural)
que -- relative pronoun, referring to "les fleurs"
je -- subject
ai -- auxiliary verb (form of avoir)
senties -- participle of sentir.

Since "que" comes before "senties", the participle needs to match feminine, plural.

 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2018

16/10/18

Some may rightly argue that "que" is the COD. That doesn't change the result, though, because "les fleurs" determine ultimately the matching of the participle. 

Monica

Kwiziq community member

17 October 2018

17/10/18

Merci Chris pour votre response. Je comprends maintenant.

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