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imparfait vs. passe compose

 
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trafalgar



Joined: 28 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:15 pm    Post subject: imparfait vs. passe compose Reply with quote

I'm having difficulty distinguishing these two. Are the French very strict when they use these two, in either written or spoken French?

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trafalgar



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

..sorry... there's already an existing thread that's very helpful for all you others having this same problem!!

http://www.jump-gate.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=138 (sorry, i do not know how to put a link!)

And i dont know how to delete this thread as well. =)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imparfait is used when we talk about some duration like for reporting some incident etc.
e.g. I was watching T.V. when he entered.
Je regardais la T.V. quand il est arrive
Here the action of watching T.V. depicting some duration (imparfait) but the second part of the sentence is having no duration(passe compose).
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