Quel est le sens spirituel du Carnaval et du Mardi Gras ?

Carnaval and Mardi Gras are huge, weeks-long celebrations in Nice, Venice, New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and many other cities around the world. Find out about their religious origins in this video. Below, you'll find the transcript in our bilingual reader: click any French phrase for the English translation and related grammar lessons.

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LorieC1Kwiziq community member

Reason for subjunctive?

I'm wondering about this sentence: "Des festivites incontournables qui prennent habituellement fin a Mardi Gras, soit la veille du..."

What is the reason for the subjunctive verb tense of "soit" toward the end of this statement? 

Asked 1 month ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

In this context, "soit" is not a verb, but a conjunction. It means something like "that is to say" or "i.e."

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Lorie, 

Rather than me trying to speculate on the reason for "soit" try going to the text and you will find that it is possible to click on any part of the passage for an explanation of that word or part of the text.

https://french.kwiziq.com/learn/reading/quel-est-le-sens-spirituel-du-carnaval-et-du-mardi-gras

Jim

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I interpreted it as one half of soit..soit, where the second part got swallowd in the sentence not completed.

Reason for subjunctive?

I'm wondering about this sentence: "Des festivites incontournables qui prennent habituellement fin a Mardi Gras, soit la veille du..."

What is the reason for the subjunctive verb tense of "soit" toward the end of this statement? 

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AllenC1Kwiziq community member

Ce sont les fous qui commandent, "et plus les sages;" on élit d'ailleurs...". Should this not be wriiten as "et ne plus les sages;"

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Allen, 

It would be -

et non plus les sages

the 'non' is implied.

But I have not listened to the passage.

Ce sont les fous qui commandent, "et plus les sages;" on élit d'ailleurs...". Should this not be wriiten as "et ne plus les sages;"

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