Rachna
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CAn someone explain the difference between Fut and était with examples. Can they be interchanged? In English both translate to was
Aug 13, 2018 6:25 PM
Answers · 7
"Fut" is part of the passé simple, which in modern French is only used in literature. "Était" is part of the imperfect tense, an action that was not completed in one fell swoop, but took place over time. There are a lot of past tenses in French; the three you should know are the perfect, "passé composé", the imperfect "imparfait", and less importantly, unless you intend to read lots of literature, the simple past, or literary past, "passé simple". So passé sample: Il fut un homme grand aux yeux verts. Imparfait: Il était un homme grand aux yeux verts. Passé composé: Il est devenu un homme grand aux yeux verts.
August 13, 2018
Thank you Phil
August 22, 2018
Don't use fut if you're not writing literature. Nobody says it in conversation or normal writing.
August 20, 2018
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