L'histoire de la Saint-Sylvestre

"L'histoire de la Saint-Sylvestre" has been shared to the blog from the French reading practice section of the learning library where you can find a large selection of interactive texts to help you with your reading skills.

In France, New Year’s Eve is known as la (fête de) Saint-Sylvestre – but why? Below the video you’ll find the transcript – click any phrase to read the English and find links to related French grammar lessons.

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Comments: 3

Hoyt Childs

29 December 2016

Je vous remercie pour cette histoire très intéressante sur le pape Sylvester. J'aime toutes les histoires sur les personnages historiques!

Sophia Semensky

21 January 2018

1 replies

Pourquoi utilise-t-on "aurait guéri" et "se serait converti" au lieu du passé composé?


Aurélie Drouard

14 August 2018

Bonjour Sophie !

Here the use of Le Conditionnel Passé introduces a notion of doubt in the statement : "According to hearsay, he was [would have been] cured".
That's a way to express "apparently" in French, to talk about a fact we're not entirely sure happened.

Bonne journée !

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