hot air balloon

Blueberrystraggler

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English
The hot air balloon was invented in 1782 by the Montgolfier brothers.

La Montgolfière était inventée en 1782 par les frères Montgolfier

not really sure about the beginning bit
 
  • s.mobile

    Senior Member
    Français - France
    In French, we say: "le ballon à air chaud" or "la montgolfière".
    "Le ballon à air chaud a été inventé par..."
     

    s.mobile

    Senior Member
    Français - France
    "a été" is the french present perfect (passé composé).
    In many cases, the english preterite is translated by the french present perfect or the past historic (passé simple).
    Here, you can say:
    "le ballon à air chaud a été inventé"
    or
    "le ballon à air chaud fut inventé"
    but not
    "le ballon à air chaud était inventé".
     
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