"elle y disposait" . Why is this phrase in the imparfait when the action it is referring to was "une fois"?

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Graham

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8 April 2019

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"elle y disposait" . Why is this phrase in the imparfait when the action it is referring to was "une fois"?

This question relates to:
French dictation exercise "Ma grand-mère, une pâtissière exceptionnelle"

Paul

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9 April 2019

9/04/19

"une fois que ..." means "once that ...", and here it is referring to each time that she made the tarts, i.e. it is habitual, so it can be translated as  "once she had spread the pastry, she used to carefully arrange the fruit on it".

Graham

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9 April 2019

9/04/19

Ahh - thank you 

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