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Why is it used "c'etait" with a meaning of passé composé ? I.e. "C'etait une belle soirée " Thanks!

Máximo

Kwiziq community member

7 April 2016

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Why is it used "c'etait" with a meaning of passé composé ? I.e. "C'etait une belle soirée " Thanks!

massy

Kwiziq community member

7 April 2016

7/04/16

Because the "soirée" is finished and they are probably saying good by to their host; The meaning is not "passé composé" , since the "soirée" is over:

Máximo

Kwiziq community member

7 April 2016

7/04/16

Thank you massy but in my opinion "c'etait" is conjugated " à l'imparfait" and the meaning does not correspond to that tense theoretically. Thanks again!

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

7 April 2016

7/04/16

Bonjour Máximo,


The verb être does not have distinct imperfect vs passé composé meanings like many other verbs do - ça a été and c'était are both normally equivalent to "was/were."


This is also the case for avoir, which is normally just "had" in English.


In comparison, action verbs like aller do have different translations: je suis allé - I went vs j'allais - I was going.

Máximo

Kwiziq community member

7 April 2016

7/04/16

Muchas gracias Laura!!
Merci bien!!

Deborah

Kwiziq community member

14 April 2016

14/04/16

Because it was lasted for a while, and was incomplete.

joseph

Kwiziq community member

15 April 2016

15/04/16

Because the phrase is descriptive, thus imperfect.

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