can pendant be used for duration in the past using imparfait eg J'etudiais le francais pendant 2 ans

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L

Kwiziq community member

27 September 2018

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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)"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

28 September 2018

28/09/18

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.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 September 2018

29/09/18

Hi L,

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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