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Would You Pass GCSE French Right Now?

If all the questions were multiple choice, that is. Real questions from past GCSE exam papers.

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  1. 1.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Dernière literally means last and semaine means week. So la semaine dernière is last week.

  2. 2.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Vouloir is a French verb that means to wish or want and the French above reads: "Of course, I had told her in advance what I wanted."

  3. 3.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Michel called Sophie just after le petit déjeuner, or breakfast.

  4. 4.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Although Sophie arrived a little early, Michel was déjà là, or already there.

  5. 5.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Faire is the only irregular verb in this list.

  6. 6.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Naissance is birth so date de naissance refers to date of birth.

  7. 7.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    All of these verbs use the verb avoir when forming the past participle except for venir.

  8. 8.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Hotel de ville means town hall – most French cities will have a rather lavish one.

  9. 9.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Se casser la jambe means to break one's leg, so that's what's going on here.

  10. 10.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    There are 12 verbs that use être when forming the past tense and you can remember them using the "MR VANS TRAMPED" mnemonic.

  11. 11.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If you "scream and shout and let it all out" (big up Will.i.am), you could probably use the verb crier to refer to what you're doing.

  12. 12.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pamplemousse might not be a word you use regularly unless you're a fan of grapefruit, but it's a fun word so you might as well know it.

  13. 13.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Coiffeuse might sound like coffers or coffin but it's in fact a hairdresser.

Would You Pass GCSE French Right Now?

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Très bien! I bet you were a straight-A student when you were younger too. You could probably pick up French in no time if you lived there.

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Bon, well done! You'd pass with a good mark.

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Pas mal! You'd pass GCSE French today, no problems.

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You'd pass, congratulations. It wouldn't be a high pass, mind, but who's counting?

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F

You probably wouldn't pass GCSE French today, but who cares? You've got better things going on anyway.

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