le passe simple

RonC1Kwiziq community member

le passe simple

When  i learned French in my youth ( I am now 91), the passe simple was called the Past Definite in English, is that still so ? We were also told that its use was confined to literature and it was not used otherwise. Is that correct ?

Asked 8 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Ron,

Le Passé Simple is the equivalent to the English simple past / preterite. It is indeed mainly used in Literature, in newspapers and in historical accounts. French children learn about it from a very young age as most children's books use Le Passé Simple.

You will find more explanations about Le Passé Simple here: Le Passé Simple

I hope this is useful.

Bonne journée !

le passe simple

When  i learned French in my youth ( I am now 91), the passe simple was called the Past Definite in English, is that still so ? We were also told that its use was confined to literature and it was not used otherwise. Is that correct ?

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