tense – temps


Let's Define It!

What's a *tense*?

In the French language, we call that le temps or le temps verbal. 

A tense is a grammatical trait that enables the person talking to situate his or her statement on the axis of time according to three temporal aspects: past, present and future.

For example,

  • il a mangé (he has eaten/he ate)
  • il mange (he is eating/he eats)
  • il mangera (he will eat)


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Below, I am listing a few words including an acute accent next to those that don't.

  1. il a couru(he has run/he ran)
  2. il court (he is eating/he runs)
  3. il courra (he will run)


Let's Take a Quiz!

What did you learn?