is passe simple used often in today's times?

ElizabethA2Kwiziq community member

is passe simple used often in today's times?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Elizabeth,

The passé simple ( past historic) is a narrative tense and is mainly found in literature.

Its equivalent in spoken French is the passé composé...

Hope this helps!

RobertC1Kwiziq community member

I noticed it was used extensively by Macron when he addressed the nation this week. Also used in the official french church version of the Lord's prayer, the creed etc.

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Robert, 

Past Heads of state and the like will use the passé simple for effect but it sounds very pompous and will not be used otherwise.

is passe simple used often in today's times?

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