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Diff. between "imparfait" & "passé compos

 
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GeneralTom



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:47 pm    Post subject: Diff. between "imparfait" & "passé compos Reply with quote

can anyone give me a good description of the difference between "imparfait" and "passé composé" ?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

L'imparfait (or imperfect in English): 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.

Passé Composé: You have learned the present indicative so far, which expresses what happens, is happening, or does happen now; but if you want to say something happened, or has happened, you use the passé composé. The passé composé is used for actions that happened only once, a specified number of times or during a specified period of time, and as a result or consequence of another action. All you need to learn are the past participles of the verbs.

all this is from ielanguages.com
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can also search the forum for more information. There was a very good thread made on this subject quite a while ago.
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