le passé récent is the recent past


Le passé récent is used when we want to say that something has just happened.


It is easy to construct this type of sentence. You merely need to use the verb 'venir' which means to come, the word 'de' which means from and then add on the verb that expresses what you just did.


For example:


je viens de travailler = I just worked or... I just came from working
tu viens de regarder = you (s) just watched
il vient d'avoir = he just had
elle vient de chanter = she just sang
nous venons d'aller = we just went
vous venez de parler = you (pl) just talked
ils viennent de venir = they (m) just came
elles viennent de jouer = they (f) just played


You'll notice that the verb 'venir' is conjugated in each phrase and the verb that just happened is not conjugated. It is left in its 'infinitive' form.


This whole process could be expressed with a mathematical looking expression:


passé récent = venir + de +infinitive


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practice with this little exercise

Here's a task that lets you practice 'venir' and 'passé récent' (venir de).

This exercise asks you to respond to a question saying that what is being asked about has 'just happened' (recent past - passé récent). You'll need to use the 'venir de' construction.