passe compose vs imparfait

CarlC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

passe compose vs imparfait

Apparently a lot of people are having problems with these two tenses in this exercise. Even experts (C1) differ in opinion. Maybe there is no absolutely correct usage.
Asked 2 years ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

I assure C1 does not equal expert ! I attached this link to your associated question. No, it is not absolute, but native French speakers can use the 2 tenses to convey exactly what they want to say : https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-verb-conjugation/passe-compose-versus-imparfait/

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

It's very much like using simple past and continuous past for English speakers. There's no absolute rule when to use which. It  depends on what you want to express: I went to school versus I was going to school. Same difference.

passe compose vs imparfait

Apparently a lot of people are having problems with these two tenses in this exercise. Even experts (C1) differ in opinion. Maybe there is no absolutely correct usage.

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