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In the following reference, "Fun With Grammar", you will the find essential information about this mnemonic device. It is meant to provide an easy way to remember which verbs of the intransitive sort are conjugated with "être": they are a few exceptions, as almost all such verbs are conjugated with the auxiliary verb "avoir". (...


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In passé composé, you need to choose an auxiliary verb, either aller or être. French teachers usually simplify the rule and say: If a verb is on the DMV list, use être. J'ai parlé → Not DMV. Use avoir. Je suis sorti → DMV. Use être. The full rule throws a small wrench in the gears. A DMV verb only uses être if it has no direct object. (Also, any verb can ...


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I'll give you an example, in French, you'd say: Il est allé marcher (he went for a walk) and not Il a allé marcher Because 'Aller' belongs to the 'Vandertrampp list'. In other words, you'd use the 'être' auxiliary verb, not the 'avoir'. To be honest I had never heard about that list, and I wouldn't apply it to the letter. For instance, the first M is ...


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