I am studying basic french and I encountered this question:

écrivez le phrase au passé composé. "Nous ne nous amusons pas au festival." Following the method I learned, I end up with "Nous ne nous sommes pas amusés au festival."

However, when I check my answer with my teacher's copy, the answer is "Nous ne sommes pas amusés au festival." The reflexive pronoun is not there.

Is the teacher's answer correct? If so, how does it work? I haven't learned of this and I cannot find an answer.

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    In this particular example, the method you learnt yields the correct result.
    – MC68020
    Commented Sep 29, 2019 at 21:26
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    is your teacher a native french? because no native french would do such a mistake. However, you are right, your teacher is wrong. I Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 11:40

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The answer of your teacher is not correct. Because the verbe s'amuser is a reflexive verb, in any tense, you cannot omit the reflexive pronoun: in your case, the second nous.

That means your version is correct:

Nous ne nous sommes pas amusés au festival.


Teacher is not correct, indeed: "Nous ne sommes pas amusés au festival." means "We are not entertained at the festival" (which is in present tense) while your answer "Nous ne nous sommes pas amusés au festival" means "We didnt have fun at the festival".

Please insist that you have the right answer with your teacher.


I'll give a little hint in addition to the other answers.

The teacher is indeed wrong.

Nous ne sommes pas amusés au festival

This sentence is not wrong per se, but it does not mean the same thing, as yactouat explained.

It uses a passive form. It is in "présent" tense. Therefore it's a wrong answer to the exercise (which requires a passé composé).

Nous ne nous sommes pas amusés au festival

This is the right answer, because it actually is in the "passé composé" tense, in the reflexive form as Laurent has explained.

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