In the example ¨Après s'être rasé la tête, Carl se sentit mieux.¨ is ¨sentit¨ the passé simple of sentir and, if so, why ?

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In the example ¨Après s'être rasé la tête, Carl se sentit mieux.¨ is ¨sentit¨ the passé simple of sentir and, if so, why ?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Chris,

The example is probably taken from a novel and the passé simple is a narrative past tense.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Chris,

yes, that's the passé simple. It is used in a more literary context where otherwise you would use passé composé. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

In the example ¨Après s'être rasé la tête, Carl se sentit mieux.¨ is ¨sentit¨ the passé simple of sentir and, if so, why ?

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