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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:50 pm    Post subject: Re: imparfait Reply with quote

zmike wrote:
How do u use imparfait and when do u use it is their a difference between imparfait and passee compose?

Thanks for your replies, merci :)


You would be better advised to consult a grammar on when to use the
imparfait instead of the passé composé.

Basically, if you refer to something which was _continuing_ in the past,
something you used to do, then use the imparfait: I used to live in
Liège = Je habitais Liège. I went to Paris last week = Je suis allé(e)
à Paris la semaine dernière. (It happened in the past and it's over and
done with now). Did you mean ...? Est-ce que tu voulais dire ...? which
is really 'were you wanting to say ...'.

A complicated business deciding which to use! :o(

Regards

Cheemag.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:59 pm    Post subject: Re: imparfait Reply with quote

Cheemag wrote:

Basically, if you refer to something which was _continuing_ in the past,
something you used to do, then use the imparfait: I used to live in
Liège = Je habitais Liège. I went to Paris last week = Je suis allé(e)
à Paris la semaine dernière.


wow, that's confusing: Je suis allé Arrow that's not imparfait Exclamation
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