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passive voice with simple tenses

KayC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

passive voice with simple tenses

Marie était (l'imparfait, être) réveillée (past participle, singular, fem)par les oiseaux tous les matins. Why not use the infinitive rather than past participle? or should it be passe compose?

Asked 4 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Kay - «était reveillée» is the standard way in which passive voice is expressed:

Être (conjugated in simple tense in this case) - past participle - par

In this case, this is passive voice in the imparfait - she was habitually/regularly, or used to be, woken by the birds singing (not plus que parfait - that would be avait été reveillée ) 

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JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Kay,

Is the action complete?

To write était réveillée seems appropriate to me, in the sense that the birds were singing  -- continuing past action, and she was woken by this action.

Hope this helps.

Jim

KayC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks Jim, I must have been tired! Got it!

passive voice with simple tenses

Marie était (l'imparfait, être) réveillée (past participle, singular, fem)par les oiseaux tous les matins. Why not use the infinitive rather than past participle? or should it be passe compose?

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