passé composé

[ pah-sey kawn-poh-zey ]
/ pɑ seɪ kɔ̃ poʊˈzeɪ /

noun French.

a grammatical construction of French consisting of the present tense of an auxiliary, either avoir or être, followed by a past participle and corresponding in function to both the English present perfect and the English simple past tenses.

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Origin of passé composé

Literally, “compound past”

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