conversational past is the tense you use in conversations when talking about some event that happened in the past. This is to be contrastet to passé simple which fulfills this function but not on a conversational level but on a literary level. The imparfait tense is different because it serves a different purpose and pertains to repeated or habitual actions in the past.
-- Chris (not a native speaker).
Bonjour Mary !
Chris is absolutely right :)Here are links to our glossary descriptions of these 3 past tenses to help you distinguish them:https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-simple-past-le-passe-compose
I hope that's helpful!Bonne journée !
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