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It is written "il fut le premier et le dernier homme de sa vie". I'm interested why "il fut" and how it is formed, from which word. Thanks

For learning: French
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    The sentence means "He was the first and last man in her life".
    "Il fut" is the verb "être" in passé simple, this tense is used only in writing and the conjugation is:

    Je fus
    Tu fus
    Il fut
    Nous fûmes
    Vous fûtes
    Ils furent

    "Il fut le premier et le dernier homme de sa vie" veut dire je pense que cet homme est parti ou est mort. (I think it means that the man has lived or died)
    C'est le verbe 'être' conjugué au passé simple
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