La matinée s'est..... Why the 's' ?

Renate

Kwiziq community member

25 June 2017

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La matinée s'est..... Why the 's' ?

La matinée s'est bien passée. Can someone please explain the 's' in s'est following la matinée. why? Is there a lesson that explains this?

Andy

Kwiziq community member

25 June 2017

25/06/17

Hello Renate,
Here the verb is "se passer", which is reflexive verb meaning to take place, or to happen, to occur.

It's a bit more unclear here because not only is it in passé composé (past tense) "s'est passé"
but you also have the adverb "bien" thrown into the mix too "s'est bien passé"
Think of it as "the morning went really well."

I don't know at what level you are with your French, but anytime you see "reflexive" in a lesson title it refers to and explains constructions like this. There's also a good introduction found under reflexive pronouns in the glossary.

Andy

Kwiziq community member

25 June 2017

25/06/17

It's a little bit harder to find that glossary article that I mentioned than I thought. Here's the link:
https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/glossary/134

Renate

Kwiziq community member

26 June 2017

26/06/17

Of course. Yes I'm familiar with reflexive verbs. I should have made the connection. Thanks.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 June 2017

29/06/17

Bonjour Renate !

You might want to have a look at our lesson on the different uses of "passer":
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/passer-vs-se-passer-vs-se-passer-de-the-different-meanings-of-passer

Passe une bonne journée !

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