Does anyone use the passé simple?

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Kwiziq community member

4 September 2016

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Does anyone use the passé simple?

I love knowing and being able to use the more arcane aspects of grammar. I wonder, is it of any use learning this tense for dialogue, or is it solely literary in its applications?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Recognising regular -ir verbs in Le Passé Simple"


Kwiziq community member

5 September 2016


Bonjour David, Its use is literary. Yes, I like knowing what the passé simple of French verbs are too. As far as I understand their use in French, they're only used in written French, not conversational French. Bit like two languages. They're certainly used even in little children's fairy stories. Google E-books for children, and you'll find , which is "Little Red Riding Hood". I read it to children, and it's full of verbs in the passé simple. Cheryl

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