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6 August 2016
use of plus-que parfait
As a first step into B2 territory, I'm trying to understand how/when this tense is used. My first idea is that it is used in a "story- telling" way. e.g. Elles étaient allées manger une glace.
They had gone to eat an ice cream.... Thus they were not home when the tree fell in their house. Or: "I know a tree fell on their house- are they okay? Yes, they had gone to eat an ice cream." So, am I going in the right direction as far as understanding how this tense is used?
This question relates to:French lesson "Conjugate verbs (+ être) in Le Plus-que-parfait (pluperfect tense)"
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While your examples are fine, the plus-que-parfait doesn't necessarily have anything to do with story telling. It's used just like the pluperfect is used in English: to talk about something that happened in the past before something else happened in the past.
For example, Je suis allé à la banque hier just means "I went to the bank yesterday." In comparison, J'étais allé à la banque hier (I'd gone to the bank yesterday) sets the stage for another action verb, e.g., quand il est arrivé.
- Tiens, Laura, je suis là !
- Pardon Melody, j'étais déjà partie quand tu as téléphoné pour me dire que tu arrivais.
Does that help?
7 August 2016
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13 February 2018
5 March 2018
Bonjour Colleen / Ophie !
Here is the link Melody was talking about:
Bonne journée !
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