The past perfect indicative or passé antérieur
in french, is a compound tense
, which means it has two parts:
- the auxiliary verb in simple past indicative (either avoir or être)
- the past participle of the main verb
Like all French compound conjugations, the past perfect indicative may be subject to grammatical agreement:
- When the auxiliary verb is être, the past participle must agree with the subject, except for reflexive verbs (same rules as conjugation with auxiliary avoir) and invariable past participles.
- When the auxiliary verb is avoir, the past participle must agree with its direct object when the direct object is placed before the verb.
Auxiliaries conjugation in simple past indicative
Here is the french conjugation of auxiliaries avoir
in simple past indicative to compose past perfect indicative.