Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"extra e"

I've become used to tagging words feminine with that "extra e":

Il est américain. Elle est américaine. He/She is american.
Il est grand. Elle est grande. He/She is tall.
Il est brun.
Elle est brune. He/She is brown-haired.

L'exception: he and I are both jeune et mince (among other exceptional

qualities). No changes there - one "e", included for both.

So it "made sense" to me that in the passé composé I would have to add that "extra e":

Il est arrivé. Elle est arrivée. He/She arrived/has arrived/did arrive.

Il est parti. Elle est partie. He/She left/has left/did leave.

But it makes no sense to me that if the helping verb is "avoir" to have - that suddenly, the "extra e" is nowhere to be found:

Il/Elle a regardé. He/She looked/has looked/did look.
Il/Elle a mangé. He/She ate/has eaten/did eat.

I won't be surprised to find that "extra e" elsewhere ... hopefully, though in another language.
One I'm conveniently not studying now.

La photo (merci monsieur_foufou): Waiting somewhere in Misiones, Argentina. En Juin 2004.

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