French Dog Story: Present + Passé Composé

French Story Practice:
Present + Perfect Tenses

Short story + video clip which begins in the Present tense and switches to the Perfect Tense for listening, reading and translation practice.
Verbs in the Perfect Tense are explained below the video clip. 
(Translate the story into English after working with the video)

MA VOITURE!
Maggie et Billy aiment aller en voiture.
Mais Maggie est souvent très sale,
et Billy est souvent mouillé!
Il est souvent sale et mouillé parce qu’il aime nager.
Maggie est souvent sale et mouillée parce qu’elle aime courir dans les bois.
En plus, tous les deux aiment beaucoup la plage.

C’est un problème.
Ma voiture est trop sale!

Un jour j’ai eu une idée.
J’ai fait des recherches …
et j’ai acheté des sacs pour ‘chien mouillé’.

Maggie n’a pas été contente.
Et Billy?
Il a accepté tout de suite.

Bien fait, Billy!

GRAMMAR FOOTNOTE:
The Perfect Tense in French:

(NOTE –  Most French verbs use the present tense of AVOIR to make up the perfect tense (passé compose), BUT reflexive verbs use the present tense of ÊTRE instead, and so do the following verbs which you just have to learn by heart:  Venir, aller, sortir, tomber, rentrer, entrer, descendre, partir, rester, arriver, monter, naître, mourir)

Regular Verbs use the Present Tense of AVOIR + another verb in a form called a past participle, which has an é on the end:
J’ai                     acheté              (I have bought – I bought)
tu as                  parlé                 (you have spoken – you spoke)
il/elle a             accepté         (he/she has accepted – he/she accepted)
nous avons    écouté            (we have listened – we listened)
vous avez        joué                 (you have played – you played)
ils/elles ont    regardé        (they have watched – they watched)

PAST PARTICIPLE EXCEPTIONS –  There are more but here are some important ones which are included in the story:
– The past participle of AVOIR (to have) is ‘eu‘:
J’ai eu      (I have had – I had)
– The past participle of FAIRE (to do) is ‘fait‘:
J’ai fait    (I have done – I did)
– The past participle of ÊTRE (to be) is ‘été‘:
J’ai été     (I have been – I was)

How to use the NEGATIVE in the Perfect Tense:
Put NE or N’ – in front of the first verb in the present tense and PAS straight after it … before the past participle:
Maggie n’a pas été contente          (Maggie was not happy)

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