When should you use the passé simple instead of other past tenses

Roisin

Kwiziq community member

14 February 2016

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When should you use the passé simple instead of other past tenses

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Conjugate all -er verbs in Le Passé simple (including aller) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

18 February 2016

18/02/16

Bonjour Roisin, 'Le Passé Simple' is omnipresent when it comes to written French, especially literary texts, but not only. You will find it in articles or biographies, so it's a very useful tense to recognise at first, but also to be able to use in higher levels, when you want your written French to sound more elegant than if you used its more common and spoken equivalent 'Le Passé Composé'. It cannot be used instead of 'L'Imparfait' as those two tenses are complementary. I hope that's helpful, Aurélie

Roisin

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2016

18/02/16

Merci Aurélie, So one wouldn't use le passé simple in spoken french? Roisin

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

23 September 2016

23/09/16

That's correct.

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