Pézenas : Destination estivale

Pézenas is a beautiful town in southern France loaded with history, culture, and artistic significance. Learn about this "green pearl" in our French audio article with transcript and translation. Click any phrase to read the English and find links to related French grammar lessons.

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StevenC1Kwiziq community member

correct tense

In the phrase "Elle attire ainsi une société aisée qui construit….." why are attirer and construire conjugated in the present? (The translation confirms that they are, as we would expect, in the past.)

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Steven,

This question has been asked previously but if you take a look at Laura's excellent page you will find an explanation -

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/historical-tenses/

 

correct tense

In the phrase "Elle attire ainsi une société aisée qui construit….." why are attirer and construire conjugated in the present? (The translation confirms that they are, as we would expect, in the past.)

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BoraC1Kwiziq community member

Collégiales, consulaires

Ce sont quoi les collégiales et les maisons consulaires?

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Bora,

Good question! I had to look it up myself...

I am not versed in religious establishments but une collégiale is short for 'église collégiale' and is a type of church for Canons.

Take a look at the following link for a full explanation -

http://guillos.fr/upload/commune/une-collegiale.pdf

Une maison consulaire , I think refers to  Roman times and their magistrates as explained in the following quote -

"Au Moyen Âge et sous l'Ancien Régime, magistrat municipal de certaines villes du midi de la France, autonomes par rapport au seigneur. (Institués vers 1130, les consuls, dont le nombre variait, assuraient la direction et l'administration générale de la ville."

I knew about the link between Pézenas and Molière but there is much more to it than I first thought.

Well worth a visit!

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