I have seen in some books that an "s" is used in their conjugation. For example "vous est partis". But isn't it the case that "vous" refers to a singular noun ? What should i write in the exam if the teacher simply wants me to list out the conjugation of verb, the one with 's' or without 's'?

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When the past participle requires an agreement, this agreement should follow the logic, i.e. agree with the person(s) is applies to. It is only guessable without context when il/elle/ils/elles are used.

Je suis parti / partie
Tu es parti / partie
Il est parti
Elle est partie
On est parti / partie / partis / parties
Nous sommes (parti / partie)1 / partis / parties
Vous êtes parti / partie / partis / parties
Ils sont partis
Elles sont parties

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No, all that is quite wrong; the only possibility in the plural is this:

vous êtes partis.

Use a conjugation site, much information will be given you when you need it; there are several but here is a good one: Le Monde.

For the agreement when "vous" is the so called "vous de politesse" (only one person) there is no agreement (no s, see this).

vous êtes parti

  • so , if teacher asked to list out conjugation of a movement verb in passe compose , I should assume by default vous refers to plural ?
    – Nothing
    May 4, 2019 at 15:31
  • I forgot one detail in your question; you speak about verbs of movement but the type of verb doesn't matter at all; usually in France when people list the forms of the conjugation they neglect the second person plural a form of politeness and so list only 6 forms, 3 singular forms and 3 plural forms; however it is not forbidden to list the 7th form, in particular in the present case where spelling is different. If you do so it's a good idea to label this form as for instance "seconde personne de politesse".
    – LPH
    May 4, 2019 at 16:23

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