Learn about sortir – to go out in the perfect tense – le passé composé in French

Learn about sortir in the perfect tense in French. This is one of the verbs that will use être in the present tense to form the passé composé. Read and listen carefully and check the translations. You can hide the French or English to help you test yourself.

Pay particular attention to the ending of the past participle “sorti”.

Since it is formed with être you will need to add an e if it’s referring to female only: je, elle, on (if that’s the case) and elles

  • If Marie talks about herself, she could say: Je suis sortie faire les magasins. – I went out shopping.

You will need to add an s if there are more than one person: nous, ils, elles, on and vous (if that’s the case)

  • If Marie and Pauline went out with friends, they could say: Nous sommes sorties avec des amis. – We went out with friends.
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Je suis sorti(e)
I have gone out or I went out
Tu es sorti(e)
You have gone out or you went out
Il est sorti
He has gone out or he went out
Elle est sortie
She has gone out or she went out
On est sorti(e)(s)
One has gone out or one went out
Nous sommes sorti(e)s
We have gone out or we went out
Vous êtes sorti(e)(s)
You have gone out or you went out (More than one or formal)
Ils sont sortis
They have gone out or they went out (male or male and female)
Elles sont sorties
They have gone out or they went out (female only)

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