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With reference to the participe passé here, are these sentences correct?

les règles que la société avait défini

les comportements qui sont admissible selon les règles qu'on a défini

It was my thinking that they should be definies.

A person adept in French told me that it should be défini and referenced this link to explain why:

http://la-conjugaison.nouvelobs.com/regles/orthographe/l-accord-du-participe-passe-employe-avec-l-auxiliaire-avoir-179.php

Can someone tell me which is correct and explain why?

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  • This question has been answered before, e.g. here and here. – Luke Sawczak Dec 7 '17 at 13:51
  • Probably but it was still necessary to ask this with regard to this exact sentence since that person had told me it was certainly the case, but it seems I was right all along. – Hasen Dec 8 '17 at 15:53
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Not sure about how the French adept came to that conclusion but according to the linked page, the agreement is expected:

les règles que la société avait définies

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les comportements qui sont admissibles selon les règles qu[e l]'on a définies

  • Ok thankyou. Can you explain why? It is because règles is feminine ? – Hasen Dec 7 '17 at 13:37
  • règles is feminine plural and most relevantly, it is a direct object that precedes the participe passé. That situation is what triggers agreement of the participe passé. – Luke Sawczak Dec 7 '17 at 13:49
  • Ok that's great, thanks very much for your help. – Hasen Dec 7 '17 at 13:52

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