Bonjour Madame Aurélie , a question which I would like you to answer -

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30 January 2019

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Bonjour Madame Aurélie , a question which I would like you to answer -

Une ville magique (Passé Composé vs Imparfait)

Bonjour Madame Aurélie !

Thanks for designing such a great worksheet on this topic. 

But could you please help me with these sentences -

1. L’endroit qui m’a enchanté au dessus de tout, .........

2. Nous nous sommes proménes dans ses jardins merveilleux .......

In the first sentence , I used ‘imparfait’ as I interpreted it as a state of mind which the narrator was in of being mesmerized . Secondly, I had used ‘imparfait’ in the second sentence after reading your lesson that ‘l’imparfait’ is used for describing the scene , characters , setting of the phrase. Please provide the reasons why Kwizbot marked me incorrect .

Bonne journée !

( I would appreciate to be answered by Madame Aurélie )

Although someone else answered it before but was not satisfied with answer, I hope you would as a teacher spare some of your valuable time to help me slip out of my problem .

Merci d’avance !


Kwiziq language super star

30 January 2019


Bonjour Varsha !

Indeed, you use L'Imparfait to describe a scene, or characters.
However, in these two cases, the verbs refer to actions, as follows:

1. L’endroit qui m’a enchanté au dessus de tout, 
-> This place enchanted him at the time of his visit: it is therefore an action located, defined in a specific timeframe, i.e. the visit.
If you said "L’endroit qui m’enchantait au dessus de tout,", it would refer to a habit or opinion in the past, i.e. "that used to enchant me...".

2. Nous nous sommes promenés dans ses jardins merveilleux
-> Again here, the action took place in the past, and is considered as over with, hence Le Passé Composé : we did that then.
If you said "Nous nous promenions dans ses jardins merveilleux", it would mean "We were walking...", i.e. considering the action in its progression, and possibly inviting a second action like for example "we were walking when something happened".

See this related lesson:

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !


Kwiziq community member

30 January 2019


Très excellente explication Madame Aurélie !!

It is really helpful ! Merci beaucoup et bonne journée !

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