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Kwiziq community member
27 September 2018
can pendant be used for duration in the past using imparfait eg J'etudiais le francais pendant 2 ans
This question relates to:French lesson "Using 'depuis' (since / for) with Le Présent and NOT Le Passé Composé (prepositions of time)"
28 September 2018
Pendant, in this context, refers to a well defined period in the past. Therefore I would say:
J'ai étudié le français pendant deux ans.
I don't think there is a rule forbidding the use of imparfait in conjunction with pendant. It's just that in this example, I would use the passé composé.
The opinion of a native speaker would be greatly appreciated, though.
Kwiziq language super star
29 September 2018
No, you cannot say, 'J'étudiais le français pendant deux ans.' as it lasted two years in now finished, the only possibility is-
'J'ai étudié le français pendant deux ans.'
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