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être en train de + infinitif

grammatical phrase to explain what you are doing at the moment or in general; can be something that takes a long time <akin to "in the process" of doing something>

être sur la point de + infinitif

grammatical phrase to explain what you are about to do or preparing to do.

venir de + infinitif

grammatical phrase to explain what you have just done

avant de + infinitif
[N.B. avant + noun]

grammatical constxn for "before doing something"
[N.B. the subject of the sentence has to stay the same]

après + avoir/être + p.p.
après + unconjugated aux. verbe + p.p.

grammatical construxn - after having done something
[N.B. the subject of the sentence has to stay the same]

Je suis en train de chercher une nouvelle maison.

I'm <in the process of> looking for a new house.

Il es en train de aller en France.

He is <in the process of> going to France.

Elle es en train de lire un livre.

She is <in the process of> reading a book.

Je viens de finir mes devoirs.

I just finished my homework.

Ils viennent d'acheter une nouvelle maison.

They just bought a new house.

Je travaille avant de manger.

I work before eating.
<I work before I eat.>

J'ai travaillé avant de manger.

I worked before eating.

Je prends le taxi avant de l'autobus.

I take the taxi before the bus.

Je mange le chocolat àpres je bois du café.
J'ai mangé le chocolat àpres avoir bu du café.

I eat the chocolate after I drink some coffee.
I ate the chocolate after <I drank> <having drank> the café.

J'ai lu le livre àpres être allé à la bibliotèque.

I read the book after having gone to the library.

Je devrais être en train de travailler au lieu de parler avec toi/vous.

I should be working instead of talking to you.

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