| Christine Animal wrote:|
Well to me your number 2 would be "I saw my brother coming out of school".
But you do seem to agree then that j'ai vu can be I have seen or I saw.
AFAIK, Christine, there is no distinction in French between Present Perfect (I have seen/j'ai vu) and Past Simple (j'ai vu) in English. I have looked at this many times and I have never been able to make any distinction.
I just use what our French teacher would call "Say to me in good English!" This, of course, makes me smile broadly as I can't imagine saying anything so foreign-sounding as "say to me..."!
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