What happens if you are in the past tense and using the verb "être"?

I'm new to this so I'm not even sure if this sentence would make sense.

Cette ville n'a pas été été célèbre avant que les explorateurs anglais l'ont trouvée.

"été été" looks wrong. Is it correct?


Être has no passive form… in French as well as in English. “To be been (by something)” doesn't make sense.

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  • And what about avoire, please? – Abhimanyu Arora Feb 10 '14 at 18:13
  • 'This cake is to be had by someone who has mastered French' – Abhimanyu Arora Feb 10 '14 at 18:38
  • Ah, indeed, for a couple of different meanings it's possible in English, but these meanings do not fall under the scope of the French's avoir. – Stéphane Gimenez Feb 10 '14 at 18:50
  • Okay, so you can have the cake now :-D – Abhimanyu Arora Feb 10 '14 at 18:52

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