How do I distinguish between "l'a défini" and "la définit" from speech? Are there any clues to point at the tense used?
Dictation exercise B2
Good question! Normally, I would say context but it doesn't really work here.
The difference is between
Having said this, as the text is in the present tense it is correct to say 'qui la définit' in the present tense.
I have always wondered why we are still in the Cinquième République , I have never known (consciously) any other as it dates back from 1958 but I asked a French lawyer this very question and she answered me that it needs a change in the constitution which hasn't happened since De Gaulle made some important changes at that time.
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