Why do you not add an s to retourné when you say - vous y êtes retourné?

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Catriona

Kwiziq community member

28 September 2018

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Why do you not add an s to retourné when you say - vous y êtes retourné?

I thought that when you use être the pp always agrees with the subject. 

This question relates to:
French lesson "Retourner can be used with avoir or être in Le Passé Composé... and changes meaning"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 September 2018

29/09/18

Hi Catriona,

Without the context it is hard to tell.

Vous can be singular or plural...

Chris

Kwiziq community member

29 September 2018

29/09/18

Vous y êtes retourné refers to a single person in formal "you". 

Vous y êtes retournés addresses a group of people, hence plural and hence retournés

Catriona

Kwiziq community member

29 September 2018

29/09/18

Thanks for pointing this out. I have always been adding the s to the pp when using être as the auxiliary verb and the vous form regardless of whether singular or plural. Oops!  

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