Would you ever say elle était punie as opposed to elle a été punie?

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

4 April 2017

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Would you ever say elle était punie as opposed to elle a été punie?

This relates to:
Pour être allé = Cause for going (complex expression) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

4 April 2017

4/04/17

Bonjour Jennifer !

Yes, if it was seen as a *background action* to a punctual one for example: "Ce jour-là, elle était punie dans sa chambre quand soudain elle entendit un bruit à la fenêtre." That day, she was grounded in her room when suddenly she heard a noise at the window.

Or, if you're talking about a *recurrent action* in the past: "Elle était toujours punie à la place de son frère." She was always grounded instead of her brother. Here are links to our lessons on when to use L'Imparfait: 

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/glossary/verb-tense-mood/the-french-continuous-past-and-past-habit-l-imparfait

I hope that's helpful!

À bientôt !

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

4 April 2017

4/04/17

Bonjour Aurélie, Yes thank you.

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