Une ville magique (Passé Composé vs Imparfait)


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28 January 2019

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Une ville magique (Passé Composé vs Imparfait)

Bonjour Madame Aurélie !

Thanks for designing such a great worksheet on this topic. 

But could you please help me with these sentences -

1. L’endroit qui m’a enchanté au dessus de tout, .........

2. Nous nous sommes proménes dans ses jardins merveilleux .......

In the first sentence , I used ‘imparfait’ as I interpreted it as a state of mind which the narrator was in of being mesmerized . Secondly, I had used ‘imparfait’ in the second sentence after reading your lesson that ‘l’imparfait’ is used for describing the scene , characters , setting of the phrase. Please provide the reasons why Kwizbot marked me incorrect .

Bonne journée !

( I would appreciate to be answered by Madame Aurélie )


Kwiziq community member

30 January 2019


In the first sentence, it is the act of enchanting that determines the tense, not the state of being enchanted. Therefore the passé composé.

In the second sentence it depends on context. If you want to express that they only took a walk once int the past, then the passé composé is proper. If it is truly a description of a habit in the past or "setting the scene", then it would be imparfait.

Hier nous nous sommes promenés dans le jardin. -- Yesterday we took a walk in the park.

Nous nous promenions quand tu m'as appelé. -- We were taking a walk when you called.

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