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Past Tense: Agreement of the Past Participle

In the passato prossimo, the past participle of a verb conjugated with avere is invariable. The exception to this rule is when a third-person direct object pronoun (lo, la, li, le) precedes the verb phrase. In these cases, the past participle must agree with the pronoun in gender and number.

Take a look at the following examples which juxtapose cases not requiring agreement with cases which do require agreement.

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