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I've noticed a few examples of this in previous reading exercises where the present tense is used to describe the past. Ex "En France c'est Napoléon..." rather than, "En France, c'etait Napoléon...", even in the translation when you click on it translates that phrase in the present as 'In France it was Napoleon'. I can see that the following phrase uses the passé composé so I'm just not quite clear why those two phrases don't have to agree in their tenses?
I was just going through the listening practice liked to below. The first sentence is:
Les soldes d'hiver de cette année se sont révélée.
And the word soldes doesn't sound right to me. Is it just me?
Please how do you use n'aime..
" ce pull ne va pas du tout. je le retourne tout de suite"
I thought retourner shouldnt be used in the context of returning something to the shop,,, I hear " Retourner never means to return (something) in the context of a shop for example. In French, we use rapporter (to bring back) or échanger [quelque chose] can you say je le rentre? and or je le rapporte"? ,
Someone mentioned "I don't think retourner means to return in English like returning an item to a store (render quelque chose au magasin pour un remboursement) or putting an item away. is it the same for returning an item anywhere else than a shop like say a library?
Another mentioned 99% of the time retourner isn't used to say you returned something in general. So is: "J'ai rendu les livres a la bibliotheque" & j'ai rapporte les livres a la bibliotheque more preferred than j'ai retourne les livres a la bibliotheque. is it just the matter of choosing what sounds better in this case? even though you could possibly use retourner
& what is the difference between s'en retourner and retourner
Bilbon fit très attention à ne pas réveiller le dragon.
Bilbon fut très attention à ne pas réveiller le dragon.
This should refer to being done to the SUBJECT of the sentence, as this can be in 2nd or 3rd person, not necessarily 1st person as 'person speaking' requires.
it shouldnt be from here pls reply
activités culturelles est-ce que vous préférez ?
sport est-ce que vous préférez : le ski ou le ski nautique ?
sont vos projets de vacances pour cette année ?
est votre destination préférée : la campagne ou la montagne ?
the lesson says: To express after + -ing / after having + past participle in French, you use the same following structure:après + Infinitif passé (= infinitive of auxiliary (être or avoir) + past participle
Use the same auxiliary as in compound tenses like Le Passé Composé.
But all the examples are using avoir. Could you expand a little about using être in this situation? Thanks!
Are the words chosen in the text above the best way to express the thoughts? because they don't necessarily match the "best" response in the exercises.