Monter dans, descendre de

JohnC1Kwiziq community member

Monter dans, descendre de

Les passagers descendirent du bateau, sains et saufs.The passengers got off the boat, safe and sound.
What is the tense of descendirent, or is there a spelling mistake?
Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi John, 

As already said, it was the 'passé simple' but I have changed it for the 'passé composé equivalent 'sont descendus' which is better suited for a lesson of this level.

Take a peek at the passé simple if you are curious -

Le Passé Simple

 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi John,

Passé simple  --  Ils descendirent

Bonne continuation

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, it is passé simple, but appears misplaced in an A2 grammar lesson, without explanation, does it not ? Probably better to stay with imparfait or passé composé. Maybe it could be changed ?

Monter dans, descendre de

Les passagers descendirent du bateau, sains et saufs.The passengers got off the boat, safe and sound.
What is the tense of descendirent, or is there a spelling mistake?

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