I am still confused with past participles agreement with the verbs. e.g. Les fleurs que j'ai senties.

MonicaC1Kwiziq community member

I am still confused with past participles agreement with the verbs. e.g. Les fleurs que j'ai senties.

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The rule is: if the COD comes before the participle, then you need to agree the participle.

Les fleurs -- COD (feminine, plural)
que -- relative pronoun, referring to "les fleurs"
je -- subject
ai -- auxiliary verb (form of avoir)
senties -- participle of sentir.

Since "que" comes before "senties", the participle needs to match feminine, plural.

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Some may rightly argue that "que" is the COD. That doesn't change the result, though, because "les fleurs" determine ultimately the matching of the participle. 
MonicaC1Kwiziq community member
Merci Chris pour votre response. Je comprends maintenant.

I am still confused with past participles agreement with the verbs. e.g. Les fleurs que j'ai senties.

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