why the passe simple?

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why the passe simple?

Why do you use the passe simple here (tu agis for 'you were acting') instead of "tu as agi" or "tu agissais" ?

Asked 2 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Chris,

Maarten is correct. It is not Le Passé Simple here but Le Présent Indicatif.

I believe the question you are referring to is the following: 

Depuis que tu es rentré, tu agis bizaremment = Since you came home, you've been acting strangely.

-> tu agis = You've been acting -> Présent indicatif = Present Perfect Continuous 

Conjugation - Agir (to act) 

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I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Without the full details, can only assume this is not passé simple but indicative present tense, and that the translation is not literal - which is common when ‘depuis’ is involved, because of the different tenses usually used in this context in English and French.

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why the passe simple?

Why do you use the passe simple here (tu agis for 'you were acting') instead of "tu as agi" or "tu agissais" ?

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