Indicative Past simple tense.

James

Kwiziq community member

25 June 2017

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Indicative Past simple tense.

When would you use the past simple tense, as opposed to the passe compose or the imparfait?

This relates to:
Using Le Passé Composé on its own or with L'Imparfait -

Andy

Kwiziq community member

25 June 2017

25/06/17

Hi James,
The passé simple is a literary tense.
It is exactly equivalent to the passé composé but used in literature or journalism, that is the written word, rather than in conversation.

When reading the main trick is to be able to recognise it, you can forget all about it when talking. It would only become necessary should you ever chose to write a novel in French!

James

Kwiziq community member

26 June 2017

26/06/17

Thanks Andy,
It`s just that I saw it one of the tutorials- where I thought the passe compose should be used , and there was an audio attached. Should I find it I`ll mail it.
James

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