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Kwiziq community member
10 October 2018
Would it be correct to say "Je suis retourné me coucher après que tu partis"? I'm confused re when to use passé composé versus passé simple.
This question relates to:French lesson "Après que + L'Indicatif = After + verb"
11 October 2018
You need the passé composé.
12 October 2018
Don't fret about passé simple. It is never used unless you're writing literary French. Did you mean another tense? Maybe plus-que-parfait?
You use the plus-que-parfait if you want to stress that the two actions are temporally farther apart. Either one is correct, but the choice depends on the temporal relationship between the two actions.
Je suis retourné me coucher après que tu es parti. -- I went back to sleep after you left.Je suis retourné me coucher après que tu étais parti. -- I went back to sleep after you had left. (This doesn't quite work for me in English, though).
P.S.: In my first post there slipped an extraneous "s" into "partis" that shouldn't be there.
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