Après qu’il fut parti, tu détruisis toutes ses affaires.
What tense is “il fut parti”? It appears to be a compound tense with the auxiliary verb in passé simple.
It is indeed the 'passé antérieur' ( past perfect /indicative ), mainly used in literature.
Here is a link for a conjugation table of partir :
N. B. the indicative mood after 'après que' unlike 'avant que' which is followed by a subjunctive.
Je suis parti. -- I left. (passé simple)J'étais parti. -- I had left. (plus-que parfait)Je fut parti. -- I had left. (passé anterieur)
The passé antérieur is, as Alan pointed out, a literary equivalent to the more mainstream plus-que-parfait. It isn't normally used in spoken French.
Note that parti is not the participle, so it's deceptive but the last line is NOT a strange Frankenstein tense of passé simple and participle.
You're thinking of "faire partie", Chris.
There is indeed a strange Frankenstein tense of passé simple + participle - it's called the "passé antérieur". It's the literary equivalent of the plus-que-parfait.
Thanks, Alan. That's what you get when you don't pay close attention. I'll edit my answer to reflect that.
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