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Odile got dressed before having her breakfast. (le passé composé vs. l'imparfait)

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2016

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Odile got dressed before having her breakfast. (le passé composé vs. l'imparfait)

Why is "Odile got dressed before having her breakfast." translated as "Odile s'habillait..."? In my understanding this is a one-time action which happened in the past. It is, thus, a perfect candidate for the Passé composé: "Odile s'est habillée...", n'est-ce pas? -- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Bonjour Claus !

Well, without a clear context, both tenses are correct, even though they bring different nuances.
"Odile s'habillait..." emphasises the progression/description of this action, almost as if time slowed a bit while we're watching this action happen.
With "Odile s'est habillée..." we see this action in a much briefer time frame, as done and over by the time we speak.

I hope that's helpful!

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Absolutely! Yet there is no context given in the question and only one of the translations is counted as correct. So I believe that this question would benefit from rewording.

-- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Yes indeed!

Would you by any chance remember which lesson was attached to that question? It would help me locate it :)
Merci !

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Sorry, I have only the text in the subject line. Should I make a report in case I run across it again?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

12 October 2016

12/10/16

Ah, it's fixed now (you added "in the Imperfect tense" in the hint section). Thank you!

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