Choosing a tense

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

28 August 2016

5 replies

Choosing a tense

I am wondering about the once upon a time a king lived in a castle. Can this be more than one tense. If it is a story concerning a king who lived in the castle, then it is imperfect. What if it is about kings in general once upon a time a king lived in a castle, now he lives in a council house. Does the tense still have to be imperfect, or could it be that that situation is completely changed and it could be past historic. A bit confused.

This relates to:
Describing and expressing opinions in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 September 2016

14/09/16

Bonjour Jennifer ! I like your example ;) Here the issue is the use of "Il était une fois" which is setting a time duration in which a story is taking place. Therefore, what's going to come straight after is going to be a description or setting of a situation of some kind, and this calls for L'Imparfait in French. I hope that's helpful!

Lanny

Kwiziq community member

30 January 2018

30/01/18

With the king it was, "avait vécu". Why not, "vivait", there or, "se sont habillés", here?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

1 February 2018

1/02/18

Bonjour Lanny ! I don't quite follow what you're referring to here, but I'd be happy to answer your question if you could provide me with more context :) À bientôt !

Lanny

Kwiziq community member

21 March 2018

21/03/18

First, sorry for the confusion.  I'm always mixing up, "to reside" (habiter) and, "to get dressed" (se habiller) which couldn't have helped my sentence above at all!  (Once upon a time, a king dressed his castle. :)

Second, I *thought* that I had used, "vivait", and the question had corrected me with, "avait vécu", but I have come across the question on another quiz and see that I was wrong about that.

Merci !

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

23 March 2018

23/03/18

Ok, that makes more sense :)

Thanks for your reply !

Bonne journée !

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