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

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    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."

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

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

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    Faire is the only irregular verb in this list.

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

 
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