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'?


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

1 Very rare

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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

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  • so , if teacher asked to list out conjugation of a movement verb in passe compose , I should assume by default vous refers to plural ? – Ling Min Hao May 4 '19 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 '19 at 16:23

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