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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julien wrote:
I am getting a headache.

Don't you people have a real textbook with a clear strict rule about this whole past tense thing?

the imparfait is a continous action in the past
for example :in english:I was doing my home work when the telephone rang...
In french:je faisais mon devoir quand le telephone a sonne
je faisais : I was doing
tu faisais:you(singular) were doing
il/elle faisait:he /she was doing
nous faisions: we were doing
vous faisiez:you(plural) were doing
ils/elles faisaient :they were doing
It is the past continous tense
I hope that cleared up the confusion Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 1:29 am    Post subject: imparfait Reply with quote

Julien wrote:
I am getting a headache.

Don't you people have a real textbook with a clear strict rule about this whole past tense thing?

1) past continous tense eg: quand tu m'a appele je magais
When you called me I was eating
2) an action that was done on a regular basis in the past eg:
l'ete passe je marchais 10 km tous les jours
Last summer I was walking 10 km every day

Tell me what do you think about the imparfait now?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much. Do you want to teach me French?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2005 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Sorry about my english)
I just would like to say that the tenses in english is pretty easy, and there are just a few rules to get used to. But in many other languages like French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, ... verbs can get a little bit complicated. We have a lot of verb tenses (I speak portuguese), many verb tenses that there are in french and portuguese (wich is quite the same ones) you wont find a straight translation to english, like this "imparfait" tense.

By the way, i gotta a little doubt. is there in french a tense like "I am eating ...." ? or you guys just say "Je mange" ? beacuse as in portuguese, "I eat" can be different from "I'm eating" .
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am eating / I eat --> je mange
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2005 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello everyone, I am new to this forum but I hope I can help with this tense confusion.

This past tense corresponds to "was, were or used to." This tense is used for repeated, continuous, or ongoing actions; as well as for verbs that describe background and circumstances, such as weather, time, and physical, mental, and emotional states. Use the passé composé for actions that happened once and are done. However, verbs that express mental and emotional states that are descriptive in nature are generally used in the imperfect in a past context. These verbs are: aimer, avoir, croire, détester, espérer, être, penser, and préférer.

Examples of Imperfect:
avoir - j'avais - I had
devoir - je devais - I was supposed to
pouvoir - je pouvais - I was capable
savoir - je savais - I knew
vouloir - je voulais - I wanted to

Passé Composé:
avoir - j'ai eu - I got, received
devoir - j'ai dû - I must have, I had to (and did)
pouvoir - j'ai pu - I was able to (and did), succeeded
savoir - j'ai su - I found out, discovered
vouloir - j'ai voulu - I tried, decided, insisted

I hope this helps all the English speakers who want to learn French. I speak English as my native language. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What if it's an ongoing action but it happened at a particular date in the past. For example:

I did not do my assignment and my explanation was:
"I was not listening last Thursday."

Would that be "Je n'écoutais pas jeudi dernier" or "Je n'ai pas écouté..."

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go with the imperfect because the imperfect is mostly used to translate from english as "was". The other one would be I listened or I did listen.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually, both would be possible.

A priori imperfect though
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