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C'est pas très beau le passé simple!

Je trouve que ce n'est pas très beau de dire et même de lire Nous leur donnâmes un verre d'eau. Ce n'est plus du tout employé aujourd'hui ; c'est désuet. Par quoi pourrait-on remplacer cette ...
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Why doesn't the 1st plural (nous) form of passé simple end in -ons?

I noticed that the nous form of verbs always ends in -ons. For example, nous allons/allions/irons/allions/allassions/irions. However, the passé simple tense of verbs seems to always end in -mes (with ...
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Is it acceptable and grammatically correct to mix the passe composé and passe simple?

For example, is the following paragraph correct? Le week-end dernier j'ai joué au foot avec mes amis. Ensuite je mangeai le dîner. Does this mixing of the two tenses work? If not, what tense would ...
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Passé simple et passé composé [duplicate]

Il le disait si gaiement que je ne pus m'empêcher de rire. (Romains) Soudain il sut qu'elle l'avait trompé. Using the perfect (passé composé) to replace the past historic (passé simple) may ...
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Is “fut” here a verb conjugated in the passé simple?

I'm trying to understand the following passage (from an interview in a written magazine) : -> Peux-tu nous dire, en général, quelle fut ton expérience en tant que M. Cuir Montréal 2017? -> J'...
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What is the difference between passé simple et plus-que parfait?

In French we find many tenses about the past. So when we have to use passé simple and when plus-que-parfait?
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Comment combiner des passé simples et des imparfaits ?

J'ai un peu de mal avec le choix et la concordance des temps. Quelqu'un peut-il m'aider et m'expliquer comment choisir. Que faut-il écrire ? Je retrouvais la cabane du montagnard et vis un panneau ...
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Which is the default past to use in modern literary translation?

Today, in 2018, when translating some piece of fiction from a foreign language into French, which tense would be normally used for the past tense of the foreign language: Passé simple or Passé composé?...
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Évidentialité et Passé Simple

I've been reading about Évidentialité, and I was wondering if Passé Simple, as a tense which is usually used for historical events, and in the third person, can be considered as a form of ...
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When did the subjonctif imparfait/passé simple turn into literary tenses?

I was wondering when exactly the "subjonctif imparfait" (and passé simple) fell out of (spoken) use, since they are still very much alive in other Romance languages. I had a look through a few ...
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Use of the passé simple

Is the passé simple used in spoken French at all in regions other than France, such as in Canada or in Africa? I know that it has largely fallen out of use in speech in France itself, but do these ...
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Is the past historic (passé simple) still used today in French writing?

I understand that the past historic is used in French literature, and I encountered it just now in the Louis-Segond bible. But I'm curious to know if French writers are still using it on a common ...
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French literature : mixed usage of historic and imperfect

I understand that French literature uses past historic. But I also see some imperfect used mixed with past historic in literature. Without hopefully violating copyright with the below sample, here is ...
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“J'ai été accueilli” vs “Je fus accueilli”

It looks like there's no difference to these two in actual meaning? I'm guessing it's kind of equivalent to “I was” and “I have been” but seem to be more interchangeable in French?
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Passé simple, when to use? [duplicate]

A few weeks ago, I learned what the 'passé simple' is, but I really don't understand when you have to use it. So, I did some research: according to multiple sources, it is used in books, you can ...
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“Qu'à cela ne tienne” au passé simple

Cette expression peut-elle se dire au passé, temps usuel pour l'écriture? Par exemple : "ils ne trouvèrent pas de restaurants, qu'à cela ne tint, ils se mangèrent entre eux" ou alors : "ils n'...
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Utilisation du passé simple au quotidien

J'étudie la langue française par moi-même et j'utilise Internet pour mon apprentissage. Je crois que je suis de niveau A1. Depuis que j'ai commencé, j'ai appris le passé simple. J'ai lu qu'à l'oral, ...
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Is it normal for modern French books to be written in the present tense?

A few years ago I was given a copy of the Hunger Games (the third one) in French, which is aimed at teenagers. However I was surprised to see that the narration is entirely in the present tense. The ...
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Do the people in Midi and in Normandy in fact use le passé simple in daily conversation?

Allow me to use English to pose this question please. I am a learner of French, now we are on the subject of "le passé simple". Wish to ask if the people in Midi and in Normandy in fact use le passé ...
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Utilisation de temps dans « Boucles d'or et les Trois Ours »

Je lis un conte qui s'appelle Boucles d'or et les trois ours. Cette histoire commence à imparfait (du moins je le pense): Il était une fois trois ours: un papa ours, une maman ours et un bébé ...
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Les voyelles nasales avant des consonnes nasales

Au passé simple, il y a beaucoup de formes qu'on prononce avec une voyelle nasale avant une consonne nasale, comme: nous vînmes = /nu vɛ̃m/ Mais je ne peux pas penser à d'autres exemples où on a ...
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Est-ce que les francophones natifs sont familiers avec toutes les conjugaisons du passé simple? [duplicate]

Il me semble que les conjugaisons les plus courantes du passé simple sont la troisième personne du singulier et la troisième personne du pluriel, et peut-être la première personne du singulier. Mais ...
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Why is the passé simple not used in spoken French?

Why has the usage of this tense been confined to literature or formal situations? EDIT: After reading the answers I realize I may have not been clear enough. I understand the fact that some ...
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Are the less common forms of the passé simple not widely known?

The third person singular and plural forms, as well as first person singular form, are no doubt very common as the standard voice of the narrator in written works. But for second person singular/...
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Différence entre le passé simple et le passé composé

Je sais que le passé simple ne s'emploie presque jamais à l'oral, où il a été remplacé par le passé composé. Cependant, j'ai déjà lu des textes dans lesquels les deux temps ont été employés côte à ...