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My French textbook has the sentence "Le fait est rapporté dans les journaux." The verb "rapporté" looks like a past participle, but the preceding verb is "être" rather han "avoir". What is the name of this conjugation?

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That's the passive voice.

The subject and the object switch their role with it:

  • Les journaux rapportent le fait. : The newspapers report the fact.

  • Le fait est rapporté par les journaux. : The fact is reported by the newspapers.

See: Quelles sont les utilités respectives de la voix active et la voix passive ?

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  • Merci, jilliagre. My class has not yet learned that. Nov 10 '21 at 0:36

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