‘Ce n’est que au petit matin’ : pourquoi pas ‘ce n’était que au petit matin’?
Dictation exercise C1
In French we would use the present de narration, this is often different in English, as in this case.
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Please take a look at the following page on which words can be elided, que being one of them.
Thanks for spotting my error but my questions related to the test of être: why is it the present and no the imperfect ie c’est rather that c’était
Since the rest of the story is not in the present tense, I don't think this can be the présent de narration.
I answered a similar question here:
I also found an explanation in a book, online. Here is a link to Google books, but I don't know if it will work for you:
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