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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