Our question to you in this activity is: comment avez-vous fêté la St-Valentin? The verb fêter means “to celebrate”. If you’re trying to work out what something means, remember that if there’s a circumflex accent it often means that in old French there used to be an ‘s’, so fêter < “fester” which can be linked to “festival” and other English words.

So how did you celebrate Valentine’s day? You’ll need to use a perfect tense in your answer. The perfect tense is formed by combining the auxiliary verb (normally avoir) with the past participle:

  • j’ai offert des fleurs à ma copine
  • nous avons mangé dans un restaurant
  • je n’ai rien fait

Can you work out what these mean? Some verbs need être as the auxiliary verb in the perfect tense:

  • je suis allé(e) au cinéma avec ma femme / mon mari
  • nous sommes sortis hier soir

Remember that with “être verbs” you need to make the past participle agree with the subject. So if you’re female you need to say je suis allée and so on.

C’est à vous maintenant: let us know how you spent St Valentine’s Day in the comments.

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    5 replies to "Newsletter Activity 3 – La Fête de St-Valentin"

    • Christine Sheffield

      Oh la la la la la la! Mon mari m’ a emmené à dîner et un dansel. il n’aime pas danser donc c’etait très spécial!

    • Christine Sheffield

      Non non non! Une danse!

    • Karen Hickey

      Nous sommes allės à un restaurant hier soir et puis nous avons bu du vin. Il a me donné des fleurs aussi. J’ai eu content.

      • Radio Lingua Team

        Merci Karen for sharing your Valentine’s Day with us! Excellent agreement of the past participle of “aller” and use of the partitive article “du” with the masculine word “vin”! Don’t forget that in French the direct object pronoun comes before the verb (i.e. before the auxiliary in the perfect tense): “Il m’a donné…” (He to me gave…). And that the expression “être content” can agree with the person speaking: “j’ai été contente”!

    • Colin Becker

      Ce matin ma femme m’a donné une belle carte et deux billets pour un spectacle de comédie. Cette soir nous avons eu un verre du vins rouge et des chocolat à la maison.

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