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'Titanic' ___ sorti en 1998. (Titanic was released in 1998.)

Karen B.C1Kwiziq community member

'Titanic' ___ sorti en 1998. (Titanic was released in 1998.)

Asked 8 years ago
LauraKwiziq team memberCorrect answer
Thanks for clarifying. You only need the plus-que-parfait when there's another verb in the past and you want to make a point of saying that something had happened before something else happened.

It's the same in English: you'd only say "Titanic had come out in 1998" if that statement was accompanied by something like "before my son was born." If you don't have a second verb, then you just want the regular past tense: "I went to see Titanic when it came out in 1998."
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Karen ! I'm sorry, I don't understand what you're asking. Could you rephrase as a question?
Karen B.C1Kwiziq community member
My question is why is the Passé Composé tense correct in this sentence (Titanic est sorti en 1998) rather than the Plus-que-parfait (Titanic était sorti en 1998). I accept that it is probably the right answer but I just don't understand why that tense is used.
Karen B.C1Kwiziq community member
Thanks, Laura. That helps.
g. j.B1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
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