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This is weird! I type and it shows blank!

Now I cannot figure out "plus-que-parfait"! Even J'avais is "I had"! So, how do I know if it is "J'avais" or "J'ai eu" that has to be used? Sorry, just cannot find the answer!
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

Yes, in English you would translate both -- "avais" and "ai eu" -- with "had". However, if you want to form the plus-que-parfait you need to follow its rules and regulations. One of which is that it is formed using "avoir" or "être" in their imparfait form, followed by the past participle. You can never form the plus-que-parfait with "avoir + eu + past parciciple".

Quand tu m'as appelé, je l'avais déjà prévu. -- When you called me, I had it already planned. (Plus-que-parfait)
J'ai eu un coup de faiblesse. -- I had an attack of weakness. (Passé composé)
J'avais eu un coup de faiblesse. -- I had had an attack of weakness. (Plus-que-parfait)
J'avais un coup de faiblesse. -- I had an attack of weakness. (Imparfait, carrying the connotation that this happened repeatedly over a period of time).

I hope this helps, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Bonjour !

To complete Chris' answer, here are links to our related glossary lessons on Plus-que-Parfait, Passé Composé and Imparfait :)

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https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-pluperfect-le-plus-que-parfait">https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-pluperfect-le-plus-que-parfait">https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-pluperfect-le-plus-que-parfait">https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-pluperfect-le-plus-que-parfait
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-continuous-past-and-past-habit-l-imparfaithttps://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-pluperfect-le-plus-que-parfait">https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-pluperfect-le-plus-que-parfait">https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-pluperfect-le-plus-que-parfait">https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-pluperfect-le-plus-que-parfait">

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

SA1

Thank you Chris and Aurelie.

Trying not to get lost :)

This is weird! I type and it shows blank!

Now I cannot figure out "plus-que-parfait"! Even J'avais is "I had"! So, how do I know if it is "J'avais" or "J'ai eu" that has to be used? Sorry, just cannot find the answer!

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