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French near past – venir de + infinitif

French near past - venir de + infinitif

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How do you say "I just did" - What's 'venir de + infinitif' ? - just have, just had -- The near past or recent past

The expression ‘VENIR DE + infinitive verb’ expresses the notion of just did something, had just done something. It’s used when two actions happened in sequence, one very close to the other. It’s called the passé proche – near past, or recent past in English.

  • ‘VENIR DE’ may be in the present tense. It expresses the idea of ‘just did something’ or ‘just have done something’.
    • Je viens de manger => I just ate or I have just eaten

Practice

To practice your knowledge of the near past, translate the following sentences into English.

  1. Je viens de réparer le carburateur.
  2. Tu viens de découvrir la ville.
  3. Elle vient d’avoir son diplôme.

More challenging practice

To practice your knowledge of the near past, translate the following sentences into French.

  1. I just repaired the carburetor.
  2. You just discovered the town.
  3. She just got her degree.

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