Elle m'a regardé de ces yeux pétillants auxquels je n'ai jamais pu résister

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Elle m'a regardé de ces yeux pétillants auxquels je n'ai jamais pu résister

2 questions about this sentence:

1. Is "yeux étincelants" not acceptable here?

2. Why is the passé composé used instead of the imparfait "les yeux...auxquels je ne pouvais jamais résister"?

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

In my understanding, both étincelant as well as pétillant are possible. As are a whole slew of other similar adjectives. It's just impossible to list them all. A good online dictionary will, however, help you decide for yourself.

Regarding the tense: no, you couldn't use the imperfect without changing the meaning. Using the passé composé conveys that it is an event in the past, which is also true in the present: he can still not resist her brilliant eyes. The same as you would say in English: "...I could never resist her brilliant eyes."

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Elle m'a regardé de ces yeux pétillants auxquels je n'ai jamais pu résister

2 questions about this sentence:

1. Is "yeux étincelants" not acceptable here?

2. Why is the passé composé used instead of the imparfait "les yeux...auxquels je ne pouvais jamais résister"?

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