Freeform Writing Exercise A2
As Jim mentioned, the sentence describes an opinion/a state of facts about a situation, in which case l'imparfait will be used.
See link to Kwiziq lesson: Describing and expressing opinions with the imperfect tense in French (L'Imparfait)
Plus as mentioned in the lesson (see link above), when the verb être is used in a past context, it usually is in L'Imparfait as it describes something/fact or as it expresses an opinion.
It was great!
Le test était horrible et compliqué!
The test was horrible and complicated!
I hope it is helpful.
As I see it the text is describing a "state" of complication. Être is appropriate but the situation historically and enduring, therefore était. The point is the "enduring historic situation" rather than "completed."
Hope this helps?
Sign in to submit your answer
Don't have an account yet? Join today
Test your French to the CEFR standard